The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were set out in 2000 and agreed to by the 192 member states of the United Nations. By signing up to these targets, governments of the world have committed to working to lift around 500 million people out of poverty by the year 2015.
Insufficient funding and delays in food delivery threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands in the Sahel belt of West Africa. There is little excuse for the lack of adequate funding and delays – the international community had been warned of the magnitude of the unfolding crisis for months.
As a result of severe drought, the 2009 harvest in Niger produced less than a quarter of the country’s annual needs. Now half of all Nigeriens do not have enough food. Oxfam and our partners have implemented a destocking humanitarian program in the most vulnerable areas.
As the G8 Summit comes to a close, international agency Oxfam criticized the leaders for their failure to deliver on their promises and for trying to divert attention by cobbling together a small initiative for maternal and child health.
EU Development Ministers have just recommited to an old promise made by donors back in 1970s, failing to provide any guarantees to poor countries that Europe is serious about getting back on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals, warns Oxfam.