As world celebrates UN Day, Legarda commits to doing her part in achieving the MDGs, urges other RP leaders to do the same

October 24, 2010

As part of her support to the advocacies and programs of the UN, Legarda reiterated her commitment to do her part in helping the Philippines achieve the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the year 2015.
“I join the world in commemorating the United Nations Day, which, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is ‘a day when we must resolve to do more’. Indeed, we have to work harder because we have a gargantuan taskā€”the achievement of the eight Millennium Development Goals,” Legarda said.
This year’s UN Day focuses on the MDGs, particularly on the global action plan adopted by the UN member states during the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly last month.
During the summit, the member states, including the Philippines, reaffirmed their commitment to promote the economic and social development of all peoples.
“We only have five years left before the 2015 deadline. We must exert all our efforts and resources to achieve the MDGs because these are the very same concerns of our people. I commit, that I will do everything in my power as a legislator and Asia Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction to help realize these goals,” Legarda said.
The Senator has filed Senate Resolution 198, which calls for the review on the progress of the Philippines towards the achievement of the MDGs in comparison with the progress of other country-signatories.
Legarda, who was conferred the 2001 UN Environmental Program award for her significant contributions to environmental work, had also filed several bills that would help realize the MDGs, especially through disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
“I also call on our government to prioritize the fulfillment of the MDGs and integrate it in our national development planning efforts. Likewise, I enjoin my fellow legislators in both Houses of Congress and all national and local leaders to do their part in this great endeavor. We are in a race against time, but we can still catch up if all our efforts are focused on working on a clear, precise, accurate, and efficient plan of action towards the achievement of the eight MDGs,” Legarda stressed.