Health Poverty Action
As duty bearers of human rights, it is the responsibility of states to ensure that their citizens are able to realise their rights. The High Level Panel's recommendations are set to come out in June and will be addressed to heads of state. It is yet to be known whether these recommendations will have an accountability mechanism attached to them so it may well fall to civil society to hold governments to account.
This week there's plenty of talk about data. Tuesday 20 October marked World Statistics Day, Saturday 24 October is World
Most commentators agree that the Millennium Development Goals which expire this year have failed to address these kinds of issues. The Sustainable Development Goals that are planned to replace these after 2015 aim to 'leave no one behind' and commit to a 'data revolution' to ensure these groups are counted. Much effort will be needed at every level in the months and years to come to translate well-meaning words into reality.
As governments, policy makers, academics and civil society gather together, it is time to call for a new approach that puts public health, human rights and development at the heart of global drugs policy.
Across the world, ethnic and cultural minorities are marginalised and experiencing more poverty and worse health outcomes than the rest of the population, but there is a lack of statistical information around this. By measuring national averages, the MDGs cover up this situation and fail to incentivise countries to breakdown of data into sub-national groups.
The British Government's decision to end aid to South Africa reflects a misunderstanding of the current state of global poverty which threatens to undermine development efforts so far. Clearly, these countries have not eradicated poverty. If wealthy countries are to contribute to development and the end of poverty, we must stop ignoring inequality.