Statement by Mr. Luc Stevens, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Opening of the Photo Exhibition on the MDGs, University of Jordan, 14th February 2011

14 Feb 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very pleased to welcome you to the opening of this photo-exhibition on the Millennium Development Goals in Jordan. Today we will give you an overview of the progress and achievements towards the Millennium Declaration and the 8 global targets in Jordan.

The Millennium Development Goals are eight targets to be achieved by 2015 in response to the world′s main development challenges. The Goals provide a concrete framework and tool for Governments, the UN, and development partners when planning development interventions. These goals also serve as a benchmark to assess the impact and success of development policies.

The United Nations in Jordan, with the support of national partners and universities throughout the country, have chosen to present the achievements of the MDGs in Jordan through a collection of photos and data. We have put together a photo-exhibition to tell stories. Stories of the people we assist on the ground and the potential they represent in meeting the 2015 deadline for the achievement of the goals. Because reaching the goals is a shared responsibility and we will all be accountable by 2015. The photo-exhibition will tour universities throughout the Kingdom to raise awareness on the Millennium Development Goals among students, and to promote the work of the United Nations and the Government of Jordan towards the achievement of the goals by 2015. So this exhibition is for you all – students, professors, educators, youth, UN Family, and individuals – to increase your understanding of the MDGs, join forces and learn what we can do together to promote the achievement of the goals.
The recently launched 2nd National Millennium Development Goals Report reveals that the country is on track with the achievement of several of the Millennium Development Goals. Progress has been registered in reducing illiteracy rates, decreasing under-five and maternal mortality, enhancing HIV/AIDS prevention, reducing consumption of ozone-depleting substances along with maintaining high growth rate supported by national exports and foreign direct involvement. However, Jordan also needs to accelerate efforts to achieve the MDGs by 2015. More specifically, the report shows that renewed efforts are needed in regards to the achievement of the eradication of poverty in Jordan and the promotion of gender equality. More attention will also be required for the reduction of Child Mortality and improvement of maternal health, and on ensuring environmental sustainability.

I would like to introduce you to Muna Idris who in her presentation will help you to familiarize yourselves with the MDGs and the gaps in the achievement of the goals.

On this note, I would like to thank the University of Jordan for organizing the launch of this photo-exhibition and you all for expressing interest on the Millennium Development Goals at this very critical and opportune time.

Thank you.