Tackling global poverty
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  • October 3, 2013
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Brazil, China and other emerging economies must take more responsibility for the global fight against extreme poverty, said Mukhisa Kituyi, the new secretary-general of Unctad, the UN trade and development body.

Kituyi, who took up the post last month, said discussions on what should replace the millennium development goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015, could not ignore the fact that aid flows from rich countries were drying up and that emerging economies must do more to help poorer nations build up key social services such as health and education.

“The MDGs assumed a sustained and even enhanced flow from the developed economies. They did not anticipate the crisis of 2008, which has refused to go away,” Kituyi told the Guardian. To be credible, any future goals must be more “insulated from the vagaries of global financial and economic crises”, he said.

Kituyi added: “The transition economies which have been the main engines of global growth and remain substantially healthy must embrace more responsibility than they have done in the past for the global fight against extreme poverty.

“From Brazil to China, while they have shown a willingness to invest in economic infrastructure – the construction of roads, railways, and ports – that capacity should also extend to the construction of social infrastructure.”

Read this article at The Guardian.

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