President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Highlights Delay In MDGs’ Prompt Preparation
MONROVIA, July 10 (LINA) -The Liberian Chief Executive has underscored that when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was launched in 2000, Liberia was still mired in conflict with no knowledge and participation in its formulation.
However, she noted that since 2006, the country has made significant progress, especially in education, gender equality and women empowerment, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, as well as resource management.
According to a dispatch from the Liberian Mission in New York, the Liberian President made the observation when she delivered the keynote address at the High Level Segment of the Annual Ministerial Review of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday, July 9.
She spoke on “Implementing a Post-2015 Development Agenda That Works for the Least Developed Countries,” the dispatch noted.
President Sirleaf indicated that the MDGs framework became an important tool for improving human development, especially in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
She pointed out that significant progress has been achieved globally in addressing poverty, malnutrition and communicable diseases, and in human development indicators such as education and health.
“These have enabled Liberia to attract investment and promote sustained and inclusive growth aimed at raising people’s well-being and expectations,” she said.
The Liberian leader pointed to the lack of capacities and accurate measurements for progress as serious issues in assessing the real impacts of the MDGs in LDCs such as Liberia.
“Moreover, by utilizing a uniformed set of targets, the methodology overlooked differences in country conditions and capacities, leading to challenges in assessing progress made by respective countries,” she said.
The Liberian leader said that due to the lack of consultations during the early years of implementation of the MDGs, most LDCs did not take ownership of the global objectives nor did they believe it to be solutions to their problems.