Australian Associated Press

One of the key architects of a UN initiative to end world poverty has accused the Abbott government of shirking its responsibilities by slashing aid spending.
Jeffrey Sachs is the UN’s special adviser on the millennium development goals (MDGs), which comprise eight targets that aim to significantly improve living standards for the world’s poorest people by 2015.
One of the commitments rich nations made as part of the MDGs was to lift aid spending to a percentage of gross national income – a pledge postponed by Labor and abandoned altogether by the Coalition.
The government also confirmed $7.6bn worth of cuts to the aid program over five years, which is the biggest savings measure announced in the budget.

Foreign minister Julie Bishop says many nations won’t reach their MDGs by 2015, including in Papua New Guinea, where none will be achieved despite massive aid assistance from Australia.
She has argued that since the MDGs were forged in 2000, the focus has shifted to economic development, which has helped lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in the Asia-Pacific region.
The government will soon unveil a new strategy for the aid program, focusing on economic transformation and performance benchmarks to ensure goals are met and value for money is achieved.

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  1. shinichi Post author

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    オーストラリアがおカネを出さなければ、UN や UNDP は困るかもしれない。これが引き金になって、職員の多くが仕事を失うことになるかもしれない。

    UN や UNDP を通して援助したりしない中国などが力を増していけば、UN や UNDP の力が小さくなっていくのは仕方がない。

    ただこれは、国際政治の話なのであって、貧しい人たちの暮らしが良くなるとか悪くなるとかの話ではない。Jeffrey Sachs が「けしからん」と叫んでも、なにも変わらない。

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