Target MDG 2015 : We will reach all our Goals

8 March 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that focused financing and partnerships for development have resulted in great strides in the global efforts to combat extreme poverty and facilitate social development, noting that the number of impoverished people is declining across the world.
“When we pull together, we can achieve great things,” Mr. Ban told a news conference at UN Headquarters to stake stock of global progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the globally agreed blueprint for halving extreme poverty, halting the spread of diseases, promoting access to education and improving health care, all by 2015.
“Partnerships for development work – they are good investments,” said Mr. Ban, citing the World Bank’s announcement that preliminary estimates indicate that the global target of halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty was achieved in 2010.
The number of people living in extreme poverty has also declined in all regions of the world, including in Africa where challenges are greatest, he said.
Earlier this week, a joint report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) showed that the world has met the MDG target of halving the number of people without access to safe drinking water.
Progress has also been made in combating tuberculosis, with 40 per cent fewer deaths currently compared to 1990. The global malaria deaths have declined by nearly a third over the past decade, the Secretary-General pointed out, adding that there is now near parity in primary school enrolment between girls and boys.
The MDG target of significantly improving the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers has also been achieved – ten years in advance of the 2020 deadline, he said.
“These are major achievements. The MDGs brought not only better results but also better ways of measuring that have led to greater accountability.
“We know that national ownership and leadership are central to success. We know that well-directed financing brings development dividends. We know that innovations – in technology, medicine, social policy and service delivery – can bring dramatic change. And we know that partnerships work,” said Mr. Ban.
However, he noted, challenges remain, including massive disparities in social development between and within regions and countries.
For example, only 61 per cent of people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to improved sources of water, while the level in most other regions is 90 per cent or higher, and with 2.5 billion people lacking improved sanitation, the world is unlikely to meet the MDG sanitation target, the Secretary-General said.
Many people who have escaped extreme poverty are still vulnerable to shocks, such as the impending food crisis in West Africa’s Sahel region. Hunger remains a global challenge with hundreds of millions of children undernourished, he said.
“As the 2015 deadline is fast approaching, we must be united and steadfast in our resolve to accelerate progress and achieve the MDGs. This is my commitment to build the future we want,” added Mr. Ban.
Rebeca Grynspan, the Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), stressed that progress towards achieving the MDGs must re-energize the world’s commitment and said that more can be done by 2015.
“We know that a lot of effort is needed to sustain these gains, and that despite real progress, there are still vulnerable people to reach, several targets to attain and many countries to support,” she said.
“We must reach those left behind or at risk of being left behind, [those] who are not well represented in the aggregate figures because of deep inequalities,” added Ms. Grynspan.
Jeffrey Sachs, the UN Special Adviser on the MDGs, said that what many people in the beginning cynically believed to be nothing more than a “photo opportunity” is becoming the benchmark of global progress, noting that the end of extreme poverty is within sight.
“We are now seeing this breakthrough and the point is to accelerate from this point,” said Mr. Sachs. “I can tell you that technologies have never been better, the systems have never been better… we really are headed [to a] wonderful inflection point. There has been clear, rapid and unprecedented progress in many regions. All regions are now experiencing a drop in poverty,” he said.

New paradigm needed to ensure global job creation and economic progress – UN officials

17 May 2012 –

United Nations senior officials today stressed the importance of establishing a new paradigm for growth that ensures social inclusiveness, job opportunities for all, and more accountability from the financial sector to tackle the ongoing global economic crisis. “It is time to recognize that human capital and natural capital are every bit as important as financial capital,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his remarks to the General Assembly’s high-level thematic debate on The State of the World Economy and Finance and its Impact on Development, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York.
“Let us face the facts: the old model is broken. We need to create a new one – a new model for dynamic growth,” Mr. Ban, one of the meeting’s co-chairs, said. “A new paradigm based on stable economies and decent jobs and opportunities for all.”
Noting that since the financial economic crisis began, millions of people have lost jobs and income, Mr. Ban stressed that governments must not only address this job loss but also actively seek to create new income sources over the next years.
“Worldwide, more than 400 million new jobs will be needed over the next decade. That means that policy-makers must get serious, now, about generating decent employment,” he said.
Mr. Ban emphasized the key role that the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) can play in brining countries together to come up with a coordinated approach to set up goals for the future regarding the economy.
“Growth that is equitable, growth that can be sustained within planetary boundaries, growth that will benefit current and future generations – this is the focus of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development next month in Rio de Janeiro,” he said.
He added that, “At Rio, we need to agree on a process to establish Sustainable Development Goals that build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015 – sustainable development goals that will lay the foundation for dynamic economic growth, respect for the planet and social equity.”
There are a total of eight MDGs, ranging from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015. They form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions and have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.
In his remarks to the meeting, the President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the debate’s other co-chair, said that a coordinated approach would need to give developing countries a greater role in decision-making and give priority to helping the most vulnerable sectors of society, who are also the ones that have been hit the hardest by the economic crisis.
“Our overarching priority must be to implement an effective and globally coordinated policy that serves to place the world economy on the path of sustained growth and development,” Mr. Al-Nasser said. “Today’s conference provides a timely opportunity to address these issues in an inclusive, candid and responsible manner.”
Following the opening of the event, attendees of Thursday’s debate will break out into four thematic roundtable discussions focusing on various issues, such as youth unemployment, social protection, debt sustainability, trade and investment, and accountability of the financial system.
Among the keynote speakers at the event are the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso; the Nobel Prize Laureate and President of Columbia University, Joseph Stiglitz; and Paul Volcker, the former head of the United States Federal Reserve.

A Module for Risk Management?

Lynette Khoo | The Business Times | Mon May 21 2012
The proposed framework for a new post-graduate accountancy programme will be “nothing short of transformational”.
The Pro-Tem Singapore Accountancy Council (SAC) said this of the Singapore Qualification Programme (SQP) yesterday, when the details were released in a public consultation paper.
The framework is designed to be comparable to those of major professional accountancy bodies in the world, but with a unique “Asian market value factor”.
Under the proposed SQP, candidates will take modules in a Professional Programme and concurrently go through a minimum three years of training commitment in an approved audit firm, corporate or public sector institution under the supervision of an approved mentor.
Non-accounting graduates have to first go through a Gateway Programme of six to 12 months before taking the Professional Programme.
This Singapore-branded qualification, touted as key to altering the very DNA of the accountancy sector, is among 10 proposals by the Committee to Develop the Accountancy Sector (CDAS) to transform Singapore into a global accountancy hub.
The pro-tem SAC chief executive Uantchern Loh said the SQP, to be rolled out in June next year, seeks to be “robust and practical”.
“CDAS report’s objective is to make Singapore a global accountancy hub in Asia-Pacific and the SQP will be our flagship programme that will showcase our abilities and capabilities and a chance for us to say that we are not just on par with the world but we are beyond what the rest of the world have,” Mr Loh said.
He noted that the pipeline of potential candidates for the SQP is strong, given the ready pool of accountancy graduates who have not done a CPA Singapore or CPA Australia, as well as the non-accounting graduates who want to use this window to enter the accounting profession.
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (ICPAS) now has close to 25,000 members, though there could be 60,000 to 70,000 accountancy graduates in Singapore from the three local universities.
Under the current regime, an accountancy graduate can qualify for CPA Singapore after three years of relevant work experience, a five-day pre-admission course and passing a test. CPA Singapore has mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) with CPA Australia and ACCA.
While the new SQP framework is designed to be globally recognised and internationally portable, MRAs are not likely to be achieved until the SQP has been in operation for at least three years, the pro-tem SAC said. In the case of Hong Kong, its new qualification programme was launched in June 1999 before its first MRAs were signed in 2002.
The SQP is still a work-in- progress, the pro-tem SAC said. In the next four weeks of public consultation ending June 15, stakeholders will have a say in fine-tuning of the programme such as the modules to be offered, its new title and what to do with the CPA Singapore title.

Ernest Kan, president of ICPAS, told BT that ICPAS started to prepare to administer the SQP two years ago by roping in a veteran from Hong Kong, Georgina Chan, to be ICPAS’ head of exams and qualifications. Ms Chan was executive director (qualification and education) at the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and was instrumental in launching Hong Kong’s accountancy qualification programme.
While there has been some apprehension among ICPAS members about the impact on their existing CPA Singapore title, Dr Kan noted that the SQP “will raise the bar for new members to join ICPAS”, which will only benefit existing members.
Tham Sai Choy, managing partner of KPMG in Singapore, noted that a globally recognised and Asian-focused accounting qualification “will only help enhance the value of existing CPA Singapore qualified accountants as they transition to the new qualification”.
“It will allow their qualification to be regarded as world- class and attuned to Asia’s requirements,” he said. But various details of the SQP still need sorting out, other industry players say.
While the SQP could alleviate the shortage of accountants, there is the question of who will be funding the fees of the programme – whether it be the employers or the candidates themselves, said Max Loh, country managing partner of Ernst & Young.
“What is not clear is the plight of stakeholders especially those currently undergoing accountancy programme in accredited universities,” added Henry Tan, Asia-Pacific chairman of mid-tier audit firm Nexia International. “Clarity should be given on the transitional provisions,” he said. “Any student who applied to enter these universities before June 2013 should be provided with the benefit of following the old regime.”
The pro-tem SAC said it is studying how professional accountancy bodies around the world handle such transitions to “determine an approach that is most appropriate for the Singapore context”.
This article was first published in The Business Times.
Not only Accountants, Underwriters and those in the financial and investment industry should take a module based on Risk Management, to help companies identify risks and investments scenerios.
– Contributed by Oogle.

There will be a Cure for Cancer

The University of Sydney   
Monday, 21 May 2012

A new class of anti-cancer drugs which control the growth and spread of cancers and do so with minimal side effects is being developed by researchers at the University of Sydney.
“These new agents attack a fundamental characteristic of cancer cells while leaving normal cells alone,” said Professor Des Richardson, from the Bosch Institute in Sydney Medical School.
“They work by binding the iron in tumour cells, preventing them from growing. We believe they have the potential to be an effective new strategy, to be ‘next generation’ drugs, for a range of cancers including highly aggressive pancreatic cancer.
Because they do not act on non-cancerous cells these new agents dramatically reduce a range of distressing side effects familiar to people undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Professor Richardson is the head of the Iron Metabolism and Chelation Program at the University and has been conducting research in this area since the early 1990s.
The latest research on the chelators is led by post-doctoral researcher and NHMRC Early Career Fellow, Dr Zaklina Kovacevic.
In the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the researchers outline how these new agents increase the levels of a molecule (NDRG1) which inhibits the spread of cancer, including prostate and colon cancers.
“Together with a recent article in the journal, Antioxidants and Redox Signaling, these studies advance our knowledge of cancer cell biology and how we can target specific molecules to stop cancer progressing,” Dr Kovacevic said.
Professor Richardson is currently in advanced discussions on a licensing deal with an American company for developing the compound to the stage of clinical trials.
“This will present a significant step forward in the fight against cancer and provide cancer sufferers new hope for a better outcome,” Professor Richardson said.
“It is a difficult step to go from the often quoted bench to bedside, but it has been greatly helped by the Bosch Institute’s Translational Grants program, and by an NHMRC Development Grant.”
The Executive Director of the Bosch Institute, Professor Jonathan Stone stated: “For anyone who has been through, or cared for a cancer sufferer through, the purgatory of chemotherapy, the prospect of anti-cancer drugs which are broadly effective but with few side effects is immensely welcome.”

Nato’s Missile Shield over Europe is a waste of money, it is only a false security assurance

Russia plans to spend around $968 billion in the next decade on modernising its armed forces and defence industry. -AFP

Mon, Feb 20, 2012

Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks as he meets university and college rectors in the government headquarters in Moscow, on February 14, 2012. Putin vowed Monday that Russia would strengthen its military might.

MOSCOW – Russian strongman Vladimir Putin vowed Monday that Russia would strengthen its military might and offer an “asymmetrical and effective” response to the deployment of a NATO missile shield.
“We must not tempt anyone with our weakness,” Putin wrote in a fiercely worded article on national security in the state newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta, ahead of his bid for a third Kremlin term in March 4 presidential polls.
“Therefore we will never in any circumstances give away our potential of strategic deterrence and will strengthen it,” he said in his sixth campaign article laying out his political beliefs.
Drawing historic parallels with World War II, he cited Marshal Georgy Zhukov and warned against repeating the Soviet Union’s disastrous entry to the war, taken by surprise by the Nazi invasion.
Russia must implement strong countermeasures to respond to NATO’s planned deployment of a missile shield in Europe, he said, continuing a debate that has simmered for nearly a decade.
The mix of European radar and interceptors – a key part of a global shield being studied by the United States – are designed to protect against potential attacks from Iran amid worries about the Islamic state’s nuclear programme.
But Russia fears the system could one day make its own shrinking nuclear arsenal ineffective and has outlined a series of retaliatory steps it may take should NATO ignore its concerns.
“The time demands decisive steps to strengthen a single system of air and space defence of our country.
We are being pushed towards these actions by the policy of the United States and NATO on the question of deploying a missile shield,” Putin wrote.
He said Russia should not try to create a “costly” rival shield but that its strategic nuclear forces and air and space defence forces should aim to “overcome any system of missile defence.”
“In this question there cannot be too much patriotism,” Putin said.
“Russia’s military and technical response to a global American missile shield and its segment in Europe will be effective and asymmetrical.”
“And it will fully correspond to the United States’ steps on the missile shield.”
He said that Russia plans to spend around 23 trillion rubles (S$968 billion) in the next decade on modernising its armed forces and defence industry, which he said must make up for its technical backwardness in the next decade.
“In the next decade we must fully make up for our lagging behind,” he said.

  | Last Updated: Mar 12, 2012 12:36 PM ET

JERUSALEM — Israel says its unique “Iron Dome” short-range air defence system is performing well, intercepting the vast majority of rockets fired at southern cities in the latest barrage by Gaza militants.
So far three experimental batteries have been deployed since March 2011 — around Ashkelon, Ashdod and the Negev desert capital of Beersheva, which have a combined population of more than half a million.
Experts say that a total of 13 batteries are needed to give a full nationwide umbrella.
By Monday afternoon, Palestinians had fired more than 200 rockets and mortar rounds from Gaza into southern Israel since a latest round of fighting erupted on Friday, the military said.
Gaza emergency services said that at least 23 Palestinians had been killed and 73 wounded since Friday as Israeli launched 36 air strikes against the territory.
On Monday, 31 rockets headed for urban centres were targeted by Iron Dome, which scored 23 hits, the military said, a 75 percent success rate.
“The system is working very well,” Brigadier General Doron Gavish briefed reporters at one of the batteries in the vicinity of Ashdod, 25 kilometres from the Gaza border.
“Rockets shot at the cities of Israel are being intercepted by the warriors who are operating the system,” said Gavish head of Israel’s national air defences.
Visiting a battery on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of the system’s “impressive achievements.”
“You are doing exceptional work,” he told its crew. “I take the Israeli people’s hat off to you.”
The system, the first of its kind in the world, was developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems with the help of US funding. It is designed to intercept rockets and artillery shells fired from a range of between four and 70 kilometres.
Each battery comprises detection and tracking radar, state-of-the-art fire control software and three launchers, each with 20 interceptor missiles, military sources said.
Militants in Gaza and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia have fired thousands of rockets at Israel in the past.
The first batteries were deployed facing the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, from where militants have repeatedly fired improvised rockets, prompting Israel to launch a devastating 22-day offensive into the territory in December 2008.
It is later to be deployed along the Lebanese border, from where Hezbollah militants fired some 4,000 rockets into northern Israel during a 2006 war. It was that experience which prompted the development of Iron Dome.
Israel believes Hezbollah now has an arsenal of some 40,000 rockets.
But a complete deployment is expected to take several years.
Iron Dome joins the Arrow missile defence system in an ambitious multi-layered programme to protect Israeli cities from rockets fired from Gaza or Lebanon, or missiles fired from Iran or Syria.
“It is a new tool being brought into the basket of tools… a tool we didn’t have before,” Gavish said.
“We have something new in the arena that obviously plays in our favour.”
The defence ministry says a third system, known as David’s Sling, is currently being developed with the aim of countering medium-range missiles.
Agence France-Presse

The mix of European radar and interceptors – a key part of a global shield being studied by the United States – are designed to protect against potential attacks from Iran amid worries about the Islamic state’s nuclear programme.”
You need a very powerful radar and a portable Air Defence System, and the Iron Drome II can be modified with MPAR capabilities with short range & medium range, you need a battle tested and ready system, not a Full Scale Missile Shield Air Defence system which is very costly to implement and will be a sitting duck due to technological advances, it will not only start a Cold War, it will also start an arm race that will definitely end up in space, where is the logic of everything, unless you want to make money from selling your defence capabilities, but you are building from scratch.
Russia has a valid concern when Nato’s Missile Shield could be redirect against it’s defences due to it’s long range capabilities, if we do not trigger this sensitivity, we could effectively kill two birds with one stone.
– Contributed by Oogle. 

Total Control over your Windows 7 Desktop

Total Control over your Windows 7 Desktop

Everything in Windows 7 is hidden, and you need to know how to activate all services;

1) Task Manager – Press . Then Start

2) Click . Then enter the following into the search box; Then press

a) Msconfig
b) Services
c) Logs
d) Cmd. Then or
e) Regedit

My advice is not to meddle with your Registry or your OS will becomes unstable and crash, unless you are an expert and knows exactly what you are doing.
With these access unravelled, you will now have total control over your Desktop.
What is more important is to learn all the new applications that Microsoft has embedded into Windows 7 so that you may upgrade your skills to be ready for my intelligent OS.
– Contributed by Oogle.