Know somebody who’s made a real difference to the fight against global poverry? Why not nominate them for the DFID/Marie Stopes/Guardian ‘Achievements in International Development Award’. Closing date Friday 24th July – http://bit.ly/BHZp2
is delighted to be launching the Achievements in International Development Award. Running concurrently with the Guardian International Development Journalism Competition, the award aims to…
And here are the final four videos released by the UN Millenium Campaign in its eight day one short movie per day campaign.
Goal – 5: Maternal Health Continue reading
With a terrific turnout of 100 individual votes from across the country, civil society organizations (CSOs) in Nigeria have now made their choice: “Infrastructure particularly Electricity and Transportation” has been polled as the top agenda the Federal Government of Nigeria should focus on in the implementation of its 7 point agenda.
Capturing 95% of the total polls, President Umaru Musa Yar’adua is now being advised to prioritize his seven point agenda with Infrastructure particularly Electricity and Transportation as the top priority. Human Capital – investments in health, education and training and Niger Delta regional development had very strong showings too with 57% and 34% respectively.
“As the Umaru Musa Yar’adua administration concludes its 2nd year and looks forward to the next two years, it is particularly important that it prioritizes its development agenda for Nigeria as encapsulated in the 7 point agenda” Continue reading
Gordon Brown, British PM (Picture: BBC News)
Prime Minister Gordon Brown wants to set up a £60bn annual fund to help poor countries deal with climate change.
He hopes it will break the deadlock over who will pay developing nations to adapt to the changing climate and who will help them obtain clean technology. Countries must reach a binding global agreement on carbon emission cuts at December’s Copenhagen summit, he said. The summit is seen as the last chance to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto agreement, which expires in 2012.
Environment and anti-poverty campaigners welcomed Mr Brown’s remarks but said he and other leaders must deliver real financial support not merely “empty rhetoric”. Finance is one of the key sticking points in global negotiations, with poor nations demanding huge amounts of cash and rich nations reluctant to commit. The UK figure is less than developing nations say they need – but at least it will provide a negotiating point in the coming G8 when the leaders of emerging nations will join for a special climate summit chaired by US President Barack Obama.
Some of the political blocks need to be cleared in this meeting if there is to be a new global deal at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen in December.
Mr Brown said: “Copenhagen is twenty-three weeks away. When historians look back on this critical moment, let them say, not that we were the generation that failed our children; but that we had the courage, and the will, to succeed.”
‘Act with vision’
Speaking in London, Mr Brown said leading industrialised economies must support developing nations most at risk from climate change to enable them to keep on growing while meeting their environmental obligations. He suggested £60bn would be needed to help poor countries adjust to climate change, stressing the UK would pay “its fair share” towards this.
Read rest of the story at the BBC News Website.
A few days ago, Millenium Campaign announced it will be releasing a video a day for eight days to call attention to the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and the importance for their attainments. Given our committment to the MDG we have decided to feature the videos here on our blog in furtherance to our support of the Millenium Campaign’s work thus:
Goal – 1: End Hunger
Goal – 2: Universal Education
Goal – 3 Gender Equity
Goal – 4: Child Health
You may follow discussions on theMDGs and this videos by visiting UN Millenium Campaign facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/mlc5wz.
Originally posted here: http://bit.ly/fVNE2
All day tomorrow (from 8am until midnight), I will be discussing the topic, “Assessing the Impact of ICTs on the Attainment of MDGs in Nigeria”. Thanks to the technology platform provided by FaceBook, NaijaPulse, Twitter, my personal website and my blog, I will engage participants of what has been described by the organizers as a “Wall to Wall” conference in a push-and-pull conversation that can be followed real-time by anyone that has access to the internet. Unlike a regular conference where only few people get to ask questions after the resource person has made his/her presentation, this “Wall to Wall” conference presents the opportunity for a day-long process that gives as much room to discussion as it does questions and answers. When Oyebisi Oluseyi mentioned the idea some weeks back, I was quick to say yes because I could see the potential impact of such a new way to engage. Let’s face it, Facebook walls are probably become the most visited public places these days. We check for new gist about friends, leave a line or two for those we wish to get their attention, and also check up on our not-so-liked friends with the hope that you would read something that could give you the liberty to laugh at them. Using this public eSquare for the purpose of this discussion thus shows how far we have gone in social interaction. And that in itself is a demonstartion of how technology can impact the way we live. I am writing this ahead of the discussions to provide links to some background materials that can help during the discussion. For some background reading on the MDGs, please visit the United Nations website; and for ICTs in Nigeria, feel free to download an earlier report of mine (that discusses the status of ICTs in Nigeria) at http://www.pinigeria.org/download/ngictupdate2007.pdf. At 8am (0700 GMT) tomorrow, I will leave a short message on my FaceBook wall to kick-start the discussions. To broaden the scope of the discussions, I’ll be using my networked platforms (FaceBook, NaijaPulse, Twitter, my personal website and my blog) since entries on my NaijaPulse page are automatically reflected on my Twitter page, which then sends the same to my FaceBook status, blog (see right column) and personal website (see left column). I will check my wall from time to time, to ensure that the various discussion threads are neatly tied up. I will also use the hash-tag, #minigeria (’m’ from MDGs and ‘i’ from ICTs), to allow anyone follow the discussions through Roomatic. I will also monitor this blog, which has now been open for comments. I trust that between the various platforms, we’ll have an interesting conversation that will inform all participants and point us towards action-laden steps that can truly move us closer to the attainment of the MDGs in Nigeria by taking advantage of the many opportunities that ICTs provide. However, I think it’s safe to warn anyone with whom I have physical meetings tomorrow that I’ll be reserving only 50% of my attention for such moments, the other 50% will have to keep track of the online discussions (my much more comfortable zone). Let’s talk from 8am tomorrow…
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