Monday, 21 September 2015

Sustainable Development: A Reality for All

Sustainable Development: A Reality for AllThe ultimate aim of sustainable development is to balance our economic, environmental and social needs, permitting prosperity for now and future generations. Sustainable development entails a long-term, combined approach to developing and accomplishing a healthy community by jointly addressing economic, environmental, and social issues, although avoiding the over consumption of key natural resources. Cooperatives will play an “invaluable role” in the international community's roll-out of a sustainable development goals, said United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon, who recently marked the International Day of Cooperatives with an appeal for all to confide to the business model, which could help make the dream of a sustainable future a reality for everyone.

“Inequality is a fundamental obstacle to development, depriving people of basic services and opportunities to build better lives for themselves and their children,” the Secretary-General declared in his message for the Day, which is on the theme 'Choose Cooperative's, Choose Equality'. According to Cooperatives and Sustainable Development Goals, a recently-produced study by the UN's International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), cooperatives contribute to sustainable development and hold the potential to do much more: from creating employment and enhancing gender equality to providing clean energy and financial inclusion to ensuring food security and extending social protection. Cooperatives are strongly committed to the communities they serve, Mr. Ban continued.

“This business model, built on inclusion and sustainability, offers a pathway toward economic, social and political justice for all.” Ranging from small-scale to multi-million dollar businesses across the globe, cooperatives operate in all sectors of the economy, and provide 100 million jobs worldwide – 20 per cent more than multinational enterprises, according to 2011 figures from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). In 2008 alone, in the midst of the global financial crisis, the largest 300 cooperatives in the world had an aggregate turnover of $1.1 trillion, comparable to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of many large economies. In his message, the Secretary-General directed to a wealth of research depicting how cooperatives have assisted lower wage difference between men and women and endorse greater equality in the work place and training opportunities.

With an estimated one in every six people in the world either a member or client of a cooperative and some 2.6 million cooperatives employing 12.6 million people globally, the potential contribution to sustainable development is “enormous,” he added. “In this crucially important year in which the world will commit itself to an inspiring new development agenda, including a set of sustainable development goals, let us recommit to the cooperative business model and use its many benefits to fulfil our vision of a life of dignity for all,” concluded Mr. Ban. Fight Against Malaria Regardless of the remarkable development made over the past 15 years, greater investments are required to achieve the goal of a world free of malaria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed in Ethiopia, where world leaders gathered to discuss financing for development.

"We are coming to the end of an extraordinary period in the fight against malaria," Mr. Ban said at an event on Malaria Financing for a New Era, held on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. Partakers at the event in Addis Ababa deliberated the new World Health Assembly endorsed Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership's Action and Investment to defeat Malaria 2016-2030 (AIM) - for a malaria-free world. AIM for a malariafree world builds on the success of the first Global Malaria Action Plan - for a malaria-free world, aiding as a guide for collective action for all those involved in the fight against malaria. The final report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) exhibited that malaria deaths have reached an all-time low, and Mr. Ban noted that this success has been a collective effort forged by partnerships.

"It could not have been possible without the contributions of every part of our coalition." Mr. Ban thanked the heads of State and Ministers of Health and Finance for their effort and leadership, particularly the African Leaders Malaria Alliance; the World Health Organization (WHO); the broad coalition of committed partners under the Roll Back Malaria Partnership; and the multitude of international funders, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank. "And we have the strategic vision to do so," he continued, referring to the two documents discussed at the event. "They provide a comprehensive framework to guide efforts to reduce malaria by 90 per cent by 2030. Achieving this will take continued and greater investments from all countries, including a robust replenishment of the Global Fund." Read More...


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