By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The United Nations (UN) has once again announced the criteria for attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) awards, particularly the 2014 awards.
The announcement was made at a ceremony held at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana, to mark the observance of United Nations (UN) Day – devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the UN and to gain their support for its work- last evening, October 24.
While the MDG Awards are not official awards of the United Nations it is aimed at creating awareness while awarding countries for its progress in the attainment of the 8 MDG goals by its 2015 deadline.
Guyana was awarded this year for meeting anti-hunger targets by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and could be awarded come next year for the progress it has made in other areas.
Last evening at the event, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds while making a toast reiterated Government’s commitment towards achieving the MDG’s.
“From where we are in Guyana we would like to encourage that the developed countries should persevere in attaining the MDG #8 and we will work towards aching the other seven” he added.
Meanwhile, UN Resident Coordinator Khadija Musa told the gathering which comprised of UN representatives and Government officials that “Guyana has worked extremely hard for many years, supporting the UN programs both at political and on the ground… we have achieved many years of progress together, I toast towards the continuation of building development and peace not only in Guyana but around the world.”
The United Nations (UN) has issued a call for the ramping-up of action to generate momentum as its counts down the 1000 days to the achievement of the eight Millennium Development Goals– which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education – by the target date of 2015.