U.N. Development Goals

Thursday, September 26, 2013

John Hendra, assistant secretary-general at the UN Women and co-chair of the UN Development Group Millennium Development Goals Task Force, discusses the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda.


John Hendra

Comments [12]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

The UN has been corrupted by socialist and islamist blocs.

That is why G8/G20 summits have been created.

Sep. 26 2013 12:23 PM

Regardless of the apparent political postings here, the UN has helped the health of millions of people both directly and indirectly. Poverty is an issue, but compound it with illness can affect not only a individual but a whole family creating a terrible and painful cycle that is difficult to escape.

Sep. 26 2013 11:24 AM
jgarbuz from Queens


Send the women to work. That usually reduces excessive family size. People rarely work on farms and don't need ten kids per family, hoping that a few will survive to work the farm and take care of their parents in old age. We've gone beyond that thanks to automation. But to say that radical proposals to reduce population will cure poverty is silly. It is also brutal when it means abortion or "one child policies" enforced by the state.

Sep. 26 2013 11:21 AM
Tariq from Bronx

jgarbuz - No, deceasing population will not solve poverty. But increasing it exponentially as we are just continues to make everyone a little poorer,compounds wreath divides and pollutes and depletes the planet! What makes you think we are so different from anything else in nature.

Sep. 26 2013 11:16 AM
Joyce from NYC

Wow -- you guys just cannot admit that free markets and intellectual freedom works, UN programs don't work.

Sep. 26 2013 11:15 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The answer to poverty is capitalism + charity. There is no other "answer" to poverty, as poverty is a term that shifts like the saharan desert sands. It does not mean being one meal away from starvation. It does not mean what it meant in Auschwitz.

Sep. 26 2013 11:13 AM
Nick from UWS

The woman asks a perfectly valid and interesting question about Plumpy'nut, and Brian and his guest go off on a completely avoidant thread, giving her zero answer to her question. Nobody has the slightest idea how to give a direct answer to a simple straightforward question...useless blather...mush brains. Someone asks a question and you answer it...what about that do you people not understand? Are you evening listening to your callers' questions?

Sep. 26 2013 11:13 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Increasing population is NOT the cause of poverty. That is an absurd concept. Increasing population is the result of societies getting wealthier due to trade and capitalism and better health conditions. It's utter nonsense to believe that somehow reducing population will reduce poverty. It's utterly insane to believe that. The economic iron law is that much of population will ALWAYS live at the edge of subistance, only in the US the definition of subsistence is much higher than what subsistence means in subsaharan Africa. But overall, a increasing population is a symptom of an improving world health and prosperity.

Sep. 26 2013 11:10 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Good point Ed. Infanticide is okay as long as it falls under women's rights. They have the right to do anything in the name of "equality" and "privacy."

It looks like the communists lost politically in the world, but they won the UN. The UN is a socialist organization. The truth, we will only "end poverty" when we end gravity. Poverty is a relative term, not an absolute concept. Today it means envy and coveting what others have and you don't. Not a new problem. As soon as trade and property came to be, thievery came along with civilization. But even Jesus said that the poor will always be here, and charity and good will is the answer, not government programs that bankrupt a country.

Sep. 26 2013 11:07 AM

After parsing the answer about population, it is clear that, 'no', it is not being addressed. Letting the petri dish run its course to colony collapse is the only PC strategy.

Sep. 26 2013 11:05 AM
Tariq from Bronx

You want to increase living standards around the world. Stop the growth of the global population. You cannot possible grow infinitly. Lets get real people.

Sep. 26 2013 11:04 AM
Ed from Larchmont

In the U.S. each business day 3-4,000 children are killed in abortion, that should get our attention also.

Sep. 26 2013 10:57 AM

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