Launch of the African MDG Report 2011

Africa Governance Institute October 6 saw the release of “Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”, a yearly regional report on the written by UNDP/RBA, The African Development Bank, The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission. This year’s annual report urges African countries to enhance the strength and resilience of their poor populations through targeted social protection schemes.

The region has made steady progress on the MDGs. However, recent food, fuel and financial crises, coupled with threats from climate change and the recent instability in North Africa are likely to affect the region’s MDG achievement.

Launching the report in New York, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said “our challenge is to translate this knowledge into policies that make a difference in people’s lives.” Presenting the report, the Associate Administrator of UNDP, Rebeca Grynspan, said “meaningful and transformative steps are needed to accelerate progress toward the MDGs in Africa.”

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