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Lesotho Council of NGOs (LCN) is embarking on creating awareness on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through different broadcasting media houses around the country. This is to inform the public on what was achieved in the 2015 Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) phasing out in September 2015 and to have the public's position for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (post 2015 Development Agenda).

To spike up the locals participation and interest in the impending development goals, two private radio stations were visited today (26/03/15) namely TK FM and Moafrika FM. The LCN's Health and Social Development Coordinator, Mrs. 'Mamathule Makhotla said LCN embarked on the radio programmes to influence public participation by having a say on issues of development and be part of post 2015 development agenda.
Figure 1: Mrs.'Mamathule Makhotla live at the Radio talk show

She added that LCN released three Policy Briefs; on health, gender equality, food security and justice as part or raising awareness/raising profile on these issues and to involving the public on the processes. Apart from the briefs, the organisation is also holding public forums in different districts and next week (31/03/15) LCN will be in Mokhotlong.

Mrs. Makhotla said Lesotho did not do well in health in the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, according to the report we still have challenges in maternal health, women still die when giving birth and also the HIV/AIDS prevalence is still very high (Lesotho is second in the world with 23%). Access to health facilities is also very poor, there is shortage of skilled staff in our health care system and we lack resources (infrastructure).

In 2013, LCN through the assistance of the UNDP held forums in all the ten districts where it consulted the nation on which issues of development they would like to see featured and addressed post 2015. Lesotho is part of the countries nominated for public consultation to ensure inclusiveness and engagement on issues of development affecting its people to be presented and their position to form part of 2030.

LCN wants the roles to defined, MoUs created on civil society and government partnerships. Mrs. Makhotla also added that most of the people did not have appreciation of the MDGs and how they came about, they are happy to be consulted and they are now part of the seventeen sustainable development goals.

Background of the project

The MDGs had eight globally agreed goals in the areas of poverty alleviation, education, gender equality and empowerment of women, child and maternal health, environmental sustainability, reducing HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases, and building a global partnership for development. The MDG's overall target date is September, 2015.The post-2015 development agenda is expected to tackle many issues, including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests.

The Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN) is an umbrella organisations for NGOs in Lesotho. It was established in May 1990 with an objective of providing supportive services to the NGO Community.

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