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George Soros (Open Society Institute) and Professor Jeffrey Sachs speak at United Nations HQ.
A press conference was held today (3 October) at United Nations (UN) Headquarters to announce the launching of the next stage of the Millennium Villages Project.
The project, according to Special Advisor to the Secretary-General, Jeffrey Sachs is “the largest scale programme to achieve the Millennium Development Goals through an integrated rural development approach in Sub-Saharan Africa” and will be receiving a 27.4 million dollar donation from George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundation.
Soros told journalists that the main achievement has been “to make African leaders understand that the Millennium Villages approach is working” and added that “national governments are now funding the projects by and large by themselves.”
The Hungarian born billionaire had already donated 50 million dollars at the inception of the project in 2006, plus another 20 million invested though the Soros Economic Development Fund.
Sachs, who is the Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University blasted the “are arm-chair criticisms” the Millennium Villages has received and said that “they are not really a reflection of the reality” of the project and pointed out “progress in some very difficult to achieve areas.”
The Millennium Villages Project aims to offer an innovative integrated approach to rural development, simultaneously addressing the challenges of extreme poverty in many overlapping areas: agriculture, education, health, infrastructure, gender equality, and business development.
Year of Production: 2011
Length: 1:15 mins.
Country: United Nations
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- Muhamed Sacirbey (UNTV)
- Susan Sacirbey (UNTV)