Friends Of the Earth (FOE) Sierra Leone has raised concerns over the Millennium Development Goal (MDG).
The National Coordinator of FOE Mohamed Kenei Sei when speaking on the Millennium Development Goal at Friends of the Earth office along Moisia Street in Kenema city said that the MDG’s targeted 189 governments who agreed to work together and to do it within 15 years.
Mr. Sei also said in the MDG’s, that there are specific targets on education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health disease and environmental sustainability.
He further stated that according to recent research just over half way to 2015, the World is making progress and that 34 countries are on track to meet the infant mortality goal. 44 countries are likely to meet the poverty goal and 47 countries will meet the education goal though 72 million children of primary school age are still not in school.
He said only some of the countries are on track to meet the number who has no drinking water and more than half a million women still die annually from preventable complications of pregnancy and child birth, and that countries would only meet the MDG through international efforts, the power of every one, the private sector individuals, consumers, cities, civil society organization as well as governments.
He said above all the destiny of the poorest people in the world would be decided by the action of government institutions and citizens in developing countries.
In his conclusion Mr. Sei said that governments in developed countries must deliver on promises to cancel debt, to provide more and better aids to create a level playing field on trade and to reduce carbon emission.