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Feb 11, 2011

Millennium Development Goals to combat HIV

Eight Millennium Development Goals, called the MDGs, were passed at the United Nations back in 2000. The MDGs provide specific and ambitious benchmarks to tackle world poverty by the year 2015. The local Alliance Against AIDS is part of a global project of forty-four countries. It is the focal point agency for developing advocacy initiatives to ensure that MDG’s three, five and six which are intricately connected to the work they do, are met.  News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

Belize has been making steady progress towards achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals. But there is still plenty work to do if we are to meet the 2015 deadline. A workshop was hosted by the Alliance Against AIDS today, focusing a global project called Strategies of the South.

Rodel Beltran Perera, Executive Director, Alliance Against AIDS

Rodel Beltran Perera

“That seeks to create advocacy initiatives throughout the world on the MDG’s three, five and six. Now what these MDG’s three, five and six are about; gender equity, maternal and child health as well as reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS. And so those three issues are of great concern to us.  We’ve invited a number of agencies that do work in either of those areas to come together and look at what Strategies from the South are, which are advocacy initiatives, how can we localize those strategies and develop strategies of our own on advocating that MDG’s three, five and six are met and there’s a deadline of 2015. So we have about three to four years to make sure that these things do happen.”

Rodel Beltran Perera, the Executive Director of Alliance Against AIDS, says the Civil Society is vital to the realization of the MDGs and the national plan of action that will be created at the end of the workshop.

Rodel Beltran Perera

“This whole global initiative of the Civil Society, now including Belize and Alliance Against AIDS, is an excellent one because Civil Society has a big role to play as monitors, as watchdog agencies to ensure that he right services, policies, legislations are in place to make the lives of young girls, women, people living with HIV are in place so that it contributes to improvement of their life and in the end, as the MDG’s larger objective is to end poverty. We are going to put together a plan of action; it’s going to contribute to a plan of action, an advocacy plan of action, a national advocacy plan of action that is going to be spearheaded by the National Advocacy Working Group. So yes, we feel that by this evening, we’ll have some kind of indication from our civil society partners that these are the advocacy initiatives essential to see that MDG’s three, five and six are carried out properly.”

The workshop was held in collaboration with an agency from Argentina.

Rodel Beltran Perera

“FEIM is the acronym for the Foundation for Women’s Study and Research; The Federacion de Investigacion Estudio de la Mujer. FEIM is the agency that is charged with managing the Strategies from the South to ensure that MDG’s are met. We joined that grouping; we’re now the focal point for the organization and of course we know that the agencies that support it and are very open donors to it is an international Council of Women; ICW.”

Presentations were also made by the National Women’s Commission, the National Advocacy Working Group and the Ministry of Health. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

Representatives from FEIM were unable to get to Belize to attend the workshop.

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1 Response for “Millennium Development Goals to combat HIV”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    TACKLE M.D.G. number ONE………….AND THE REST WILL FALL INTO PLACE.

    LETS’ CUT POVERTY IN HALF………..that is MDG-1……..

    I’d bet that the CRIME RATE WOULD FALL TOO.

    THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO GET INVOLVED IN GROWING OF FOOD…….they are ultimately responsible for feeding the people in an emergency.

    ONLY THE GOVERNMENT CAN REDUCE POVERTY……..This one is sleeping.

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