Advocacy organizations of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Liberia, over the weekend joined millions of campaigners around the world to commemorate the UN annual stand up campaign and expressed fears over the implementation of the MDGs with less than six years to the targeted 2015.
As part of activities marking this years' campaign, the Youth for Community Academic and Development Services (YOCADS) held a public dialogue at the G. W. Gibson High School in Monrovia, bringing together Representatives of Government and students, as well as other activists.
Many speeches and remarks were however made regarding extreme poverty and inequality at the occasion, but the allegiance for the campaign, according most attendants of the occasion, was critical to the implementation of the MDGs.
Held under the theme, “Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty,” the program mainly emphasized the need to reduce women dying at childbirth.
“We stand today in solidarity with millions of people all over the world. People who believe in a world where poverty and hunger can and must end; where mothers no longer die in childbirth and women's rights are ensured; where children no longer die of preventable diseases…,” they pledged. According to the UN Millennium Campaigners, “we have passed the halfway mark to 2015, the target date for achieving the MDGs.” Though there has been some progress, they pointed out that there was still a long way to go.
Addressing the forum, Mr. Timothy Paulus of the Scout Fellow Nike Foundation, called on people to take the lead in reducing poverty.Mr. Paulus observed that many people nowadays want to live above their incomes, thus creating problems in the family.
“While we demand our leaders to address the extreme poverty that we go through, we must also be able to maintain ourselves in order to fight the poverty,” he warned.For his part, YOCADS Executive Director, Alphonso Weah, during a welcome remark, praised participants for gracing the occasion. A representative from the UNDP gave the overview of the MDGs campaign at the occasion.