ECOSOC Debates Implementation of the MDGs in the Context of Climate Change

11 July 2008: Speaking during a Panel discussion on

“Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the context of

current challenges,” Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the UN Development

Programme (UNDP), noted that economic growth is threatened by shortages of

natural resources such as energy, water and atmosphere, and stressed that MDG 7

on environmental sustainability is an absolute key priority.

On the UN's efforts to reach this goal, he highlighted that

UNDP's Achievement Fund is funding climate change adaptation efforts, and that

the Chief Executives Board has adopted a comprehensive climate change process.

In closing, he lamented that the food crisis threatens progress achieved so

far. In the afternoon, UN Economic and Social Council members debated

implementation of the Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review of Development Operations,

outlined in General Assembly Resolution A/RES/62/208. Indonesia identified

rising oil and food prices as the cause of the food crisis, which, together

with climate change, hinders developing countries' progress towards the MDGs,

and stressed the need for operational activities to met time-bound results.

Also referring to the interlinkages between the food and energy crises and

climate change, the Republic of Korea called for coherent and coordinated

action.  The discussions formed part of

the UN Economic and Social Council's 2008 Substantive Segment. [ECOSOC News

Release, 11 July 2008]