[QODLink]
Inside Story
Forgotten goals
With the G20 focusing on the economic crisis, can the Millenium goals still be achieved?
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2010 06:33 GMT



Leaders of the world's major industrial countries prepare to meet in Canada for the G20 summit.
 
With 19 countries plus the European Union, the forum represents 85 per cent of the global economy.

Top on the agenda of this year's meeting is reviewing pledges made to strengthen financial regulation in the aftermath of the 2008 global economic crisis.
 
They are also expected to discuss the environment and climate change - issues that have been focused on by demonstrators in the streets of the host city Toronto.
 
There are demands that the more rich G20 nations also pay some attention to the plight of the numerous poor nations that do not belong to the club.
 
And Ban Ki Moon, the United Nations secretary-general, is urging the G20 to review the steps its members have made in achieving the Millenium Development Goals.

With the current world economic crisis and as most countries are busy focusing on global economic recovery through debt reduction, little attention has been given to the long term objectives of  the Millennium Development Goals.

Will they address the plight of the poorest states bearing the brunt of the crisis? And have they forgotten about their pledges made ten years ago to improve the lives of the poor by 2015?

Are the Millenium goals still important, or are they taking a back seat to current more urgent economic issues? And would world leaders risk losing popularity at home if they give more attention to fighting world poverty and hunger?

Joining the programme are Salil Shetty, the director Of the United Nations Millennium Campaign, Shenggen Fan, the director of the International Food Policy Research Institute, and Cameron Duodu, an African affairs writer.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Thursday, June 24, at 1730GMT, with repeats on 2230GMT, and the next day at 0430GMT and 1030GMT.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.