UN Millennium Development Goals
SINGAPORE AND THE UN's MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
During the Millennium Summit in September 2000, world leaders adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new partnership to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women, and agreeing to a set of measurable goals and targets to be achieved by 2015. The proposals in the Millennium Declaration were expanded into eight specific Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). More information is available at the UN's MDG website
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Singapore supports the achievement of the MDGs and recognises the challenges that many developing countries face in achieving them. Within our means, we share our development experience – in particular, in human resource development and economic development – with other countries through MFA's Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP). To date, more than 80,000 officials from over 170 countries in the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean regions have attended SCP training programmes in diverse fields such as education, environment, healthcare, and economic development. We also collaborate with more than 40 countries and International Organisations to jointly provide technical assistance to other countries.
Examples of Singapore's contributions towards the MDGs
We have been active in promoting the MDG of environmental sustainability and working with others to achieve its objectives. Singapore and China are currently cooperating to build an Eco-City in Tianjin that is socially harmonious, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient, and which can serve as a model for other Chinese cities. Through hosting international conferences such as the biennial World Cities Summit and the establishment of the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore is also committed to sharing its knowledge with countries which are interested in Singapore's experience in governance, urban management, environmental sustainability and transport systems.
Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB), the national water agency, has close interactions with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and other international or regional organisations like the Asia-Pacific Water Forum, Southeast Asia Water Utilities Network (SEAWUN) and the Global Water Partnership-Southeast Asia (GWP-SEA). We leverage on these platforms to share our experience and knowledge, sometimes co-locating events during SIWW, so as to help the region attain water and sanitation-related MDGs. PUB, together with the ADB and UNESCO, helped establish the APWF’s “KnowledgeHubs” initiative in 2008 to improve water security in the Asia-Pacific region by promoting knowledge sharing and capacity building. Two of the current 17 knowledge hubs are located in Singapore (PUB’s WaterHub and the Institute of Water Policy). MFA and Waterhub also regularly organise capacity building programmes under the Singapore Cooperation Programme to share our approach to achieving the MDGs.