Millenium Development Goals: Will they be achieved by 2015? An introduction to the Development Days

Published: 05 December 2010


Eradicate extreme poverty, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability and develop a global partnership for development. These are the eight Millenium Development Goals (MDG) that European Union wants to achieve in 2015.

Five years away from the deadline, some European countries like Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Greece are facing a financial crisis. According to Philippe Loo, from European Aid Cooperation Office, many of these countries are cutting their budgets for development. Also, every money spent has to be reported directly and justified to the European Commission. “We can’t spend money like an Non Governmental Organization (NGO)”, he said, in a workshop for Young Reporters Against Poverty.

These facts “delay some of the implementation of the Millenium Goals”, he added. It’s just a few hours before the beginning of European Devolpment Days (EDD) and a question remains: “Will the MDG’s be achieved in 2015?”

Catherine Ray, spokesperson of European Commissioner for Development, Andris Pielbalgs, said that “is doable because has been progress over the last ten years”. “If we all make an effort, the developed and the developing countries, we can do it, it’s not a question of money, it’s about the quality of the aid”.

"Let's be realist- the MGD's targets will not be met", said, on the other hand, Meagen Baldwin,  Police Manager of the Concord, a NGO for Relief and Development.

“Development is a tool for growth. We should turn that around”, explains. Baldwin believes that European Commission is spending too much money, for example for the EDD’s. This event costs two million euros, she told the Young Reporters.

She defended an “inclusive growth” that “can push communities together”. “Citizens do care about what happens outside their countries. They would want increase and not decrease”, she added, about the fact that some of European Union members are spending less with development issues.

The main idea is to get people to know more about the development issues and how important they are. Tomorrow at, the EDD’s, it would be at least five hundred journalists covering the event, according to spokesperson of European Commissioner for Development.