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 New Delhi: At a time when India is battling to strike a balance between its development agendas and environmental challenges, US President Barack Obama’s revelation that Washington was eager to provide technological assistance to New Delhi to “leapfrog over dirty technologies” comes as a pleasant surprise.

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi ascended the Chair in New Delhi, India’s development goals got a huge boost. However, India faced stiff challenges to cut down on pollution while meeting its development goals.

“It is in our interest to help them (India) develop. Because they’re not going to say, okay, we’re just going to stay poor — they’re going to want cars and refrigerators and air conditioning, just like we have,” Obama said in an interview.

Obama made it clear that the technologies that USA wants to give to India would help the country to achieve its goal in a cleaner way.

“We do that not out of charity; we do it because — here’s one thing you can’t do. You can’t build a wall to the atmosphere. You can’t build a border wall when it comes to carbon emissions or global temperatures or the oceans,” Obama said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had repeatedly claimed that India was a victim of global warming.

It was evident during the rule of the Manmohan Singh led UPA government that development projects took a backseat with first world nations showing reluctance to provide high-end environment friendly technologies and financial assistance.

Barack Obama also underscored the need for the developed nations to focus on providing financial assistance to developing nations and ensure that it was used in an environment friendly atmosphere.

“And this is in our interest. Keep in mind that — let’s take a country like India that’s got over a billion people,” Obama added.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Seventy Million Children likely to die by 2030 if Nations lack Developmental Goals, warns UNICEF

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  • UNICEF urges governments, donors and NGOs to focus on the most disadvantaged children and close the gaps 
  • The migration and refugee crisis affecting Europe is one example of how inequalities are fueling global instability
  • UNICEF is urging countries to develop national plans so they can meet the 2030 sustainable development agenda

UNICEF, UN children’s agency, had warned that about 70 million of people could die between 2016 to 2030 if there parents and government do not put in efforts to achieve their developmental goals.

In its annual State of the World’s Children report issued Tuesday, June 28, UNICEF urges governments, donors and NGOs to focus on the most disadvantaged children and close the gaps, giving all young people a better chance at a bright future.

UNICEF (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
UNICEF (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

“These vast inequities and dangers do more than violate the rights and imperil the futures of individual children,” says UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in the report. “They perpetuate inter-generational cycles of disadvantage and inequality that undermine the stability of societies and even the security of nations everywhere,” he added.

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The migration and refugee crisis affecting Europe is one example of how inequalities are fueling global instability, said Justin Forsyth, UNICEF deputy executive director.

“A combination of poor governance, conflict, but also inequality and inequity is fueling that instability, which is fueling that mass movement of people,” he said of the migrants on the move from North Africa.

Forsyth says the situation can be improved with small investments in health and education. “We could save up to 147 million children from death from under five [years old] child mortality, just with a 2 percent increase in expenditure in 74 countries.” That translates to about $30 billion a year.

UNICEF is urging countries to develop national plans so they can meet the ambitious targets they have committed to in the 2030 sustainable development agenda.

Africa struggling

The report raises the alarm for children in sub-Saharan Africa, where two out of three live in poverty and most have had less than four years of schooling.

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Conflict, corruption, poor governance and the effects of climate change are hindering sustainable progress on the sub-continent.

Poor Children in Africa(Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Children in Africa. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

“In those places like DR Congo, like South Sudan, like the Central African Republic, where a combination of conflict and poor governance has meant that they haven’t kept up with the rest of Africa, we need to continue to invest in those places,” said UNICEF Program Director Ted Chaiban.

UNICEF predicted if the developmental goals are not met, around 35 million African children will die before attaining an age of five from preventable causes and those who survive will have poor primary school attendance and 9 out of ten will live in extreme poverty. (VOA)

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3 responses to “Seventy Million Children likely to die by 2030 if Nations lack Developmental Goals, warns UNICEF”

  1. It is not only the government but also the public who should work towards child nourishment. We see children on the roads, deprived of food,education and a house to live in.Yet we do nothing! It should start from the very bottom if these children are to be saved.

  2. Children are the future, there should be something done to not let it happen

  3. Children are the future of any nation. Africa must take the appropriate measures to save their future.