November 15, 2011 | 2:10 PM
Does climate change make development harder?The world is approaching a major milestone. In 2015, we will reach the target for nations to meet the Millennium Development Goals. Agreed upon at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, these are a set of eight goals to help measure progress in developing countries around the world. Globally, while there has been substantial progress towards completing some of the goals, a report by the Secretary General of the UN comments that "progress has been uneven and, without additional efforts, several of the Millennium Development Goals are likely to be missed in many countries."
[caption id="attachment_5162" align="aligncenter" width="470" caption="Source: UN Development Programme" align="center"][/caption]Take Africa, for example. The continent's progress towards these goals is examined in a new report issued by the African Development Bank, African Union, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Development Programme. An important point the report makes is that the challenges associated with meeting the Millennium Development Goals in Africa are "exacerbated by the threat of climate change."