Thursday, September 25, 2008

Blogging what's happening at the UN on MDGs

If you visit here.

You will find that Bono and Jeffrey Sachs blog for from the Millennium Development Goals summit and surrounding meetings in New York

Bono is lead singer of U2 and co-founder of the One campaign

Jeffrey Sachs is a development economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the author of The End of Poverty.

Interesting thoughts from them. I like Bono's comments here...

"We’ll be talking a lot about where we are falling short on the MDGs, but it’s worth also talking about the good news. Since the turn of the millennium, 29million more kids are in school in Africa.

Since 2002, 2million Africans are on lifesaving ARVS.

Since 2003, 59million bednets have been distributed in Africa. In the last 2 years, Rwanda and Ethiopia have cut malaria cases and deaths by more than 50%.

For those of you, the many of you, questioning aid on this site, you’re not wrong to suggest that it’s not the only answer. Of course it’s not. It’s trade, it’s governance, it’s private investment. But aid is critical… ask Germany, ask Ireland. See it as a leg-up, not a hand-out."

Check them out!

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