Ethiopia has received the South-South Award 2015 for achieving the Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty. This was at the South-South Award Gala event held last Saturday.
“We in Ethiopia have indeed managed to reduce poverty from 44 percent in 2000 to 30 percent in 2011, which translates to a 33 percent reduction in the number of people living in poverty,” Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, said while receiving the award.
The Prime Minister also pointed out how symbolic it was that the Gala – celebrating the achievements of the Global South – was being held during a week when world leaders adopted Agenda 2030 and marked the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.
He expressed his delight that Ethiopia’s efforts in achieving most, if not all, of the MDGs had been recognized, not just in reducing the number of people living in poverty by a third.
Ethiopia has achieved rapid and sustained economic growth over the past decade, and expanded access to education while registering marked progress in the implementation of the health related MDGs.
“Nevertheless, progress has been uneven and the challenge of ending extreme poverty and ensuring sustainable development, are far from over,” the Prime Minister said. “We need to redouble our efforts to achieve this objective in the coming decades. It is absolutely imperative that we fully embrace the ambitious and universal development agenda that we have just adopted.”
The Prime Minister concluded by emphasizing Ethiopia’s commitment to the spirit of south-south cooperation. According to him, Ethiopia will continue to work to relieve poverty and achieve sustainable development.