Climate change to affect MDGs

The attainment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals would be derailed due to changes in weather patterns around the world, experts warned. Scientific research and medical journals say it will affect food production and economic growth in many countries especially developing ones.

Experts say those factors and others will make it harder to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, which seek to respond to the world’s main development challenges. The MDGs, include efforts to improve health, cut child mortality and reduce poverty and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

A Zambian non-governmental organization, the Civil Society MDG Campaign, says in order to reach the goals, the government will have to address global warming. Henry Malumo is former campaign coordinator for the NGO. “Studies that have been conducted so far do indicate that the whole world or Africa in particular, may not actually attain these goals due to climate change. Climate change would be extreme conditions of floods and droughts. Climate change does affect most of the MDGs related to health, gender and issues of water and sanitation. Experts say there are many ways climate change can affect efforts to reach the MDGs.

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Sanday Chongo Kabange