How can global poverty and hunger be reduced?
World leaders are meeting this week to discuss progress on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Are the goals focussed on the right areas?
The eight goals, established 10 years ago, have a deadline of 2015. The United Nations agrees that the aims of halving poverty and hunger, and cutting in half the number of people without clean water will be met. However, progress on other goals, including helping women and their newborns and environmental sustainability, are mixed.
President Barack Obama told the summit that a revamped US foreign aid policy would focus on development, not dependence. Earlier, Deputy British Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed that the UK was committed to increasing the money it gave in overseas aid.
What efforts need to be made to ensure MDGs are met by 2015? Are the goals the most effective way to raise people out of poverty? What can be done to ensure richer countries honour their commitments?
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