Will International Pursuit of the Millenium Development Goals Alleviate Poverty in Mountains?

Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Ott, Cordula; Kläy, Andreas; Stillhardt, Brigitta (2006). Will International Pursuit of the Millenium Development Goals Alleviate Poverty in Mountains? Mountain Research and Development, 26(1), pp. 4-8. Boulder, Colo.: International Mountain Society 10.1659/0276-4741(2006)026[0004:WIPOTM]2.0.CO;2

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Since September 2000, when world leaders agreed on time-bound, measurable goals to reduce extreme poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and disease while fostering gender equality and ensuring environmental sustainability, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have increasingly come to dominate the policy objectives of many states and development agencies. The concern has been raised that the tight timeframe and financial restrictions might force governments to invest in the more productive sectors, thus compromising the quality and sustainability of development efforts. In the long term, this may lead to even greater inequality, especially between geographical regions and social strata. Hence people living in marginal areas, for example in remote mountain regions, and minority peoples risk being disadvantaged by this internationally agreed agenda. Strategies to overcome hunger and poverty in their different dimensions in mountain areas need to focus on strengthening the economy of small-scale farmers, while also fostering the sustainable use of natural resources, taking into consideration their multifunctionality.

Item Type:

Newspaper or Magazine Article

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Ott, Cordula; Kläy, Andreas and Stillhardt, Brigitta

ISSN:

0276-4741

Publisher:

International Mountain Society

Language:

English

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Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:46

Last Modified:

11 Sep 2015 08:37

Publisher DOI:

10.1659/0276-4741(2006)026[0004:WIPOTM]2.0.CO;2

Web of Science ID:

000236067000002

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.18890

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/18890 (FactScience: 1156)

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