National Goodwill Ambassadors
With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.
On May 2010, eight African artists (one for each MDG) from across the continent recorded the ‘8 GOALS FOR AFRICA’ song. The song was produced by world-renowned music producer, Arthur Baker. The music for the song is composed by Jimmy Dludlu (South Africa), and the lyrics have been written by Eric Wainaina (Kenya).
The participating artists were:
· Baaba Maal (Senegal): Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger,
· Angelique Kidjo (Benin): Achieve universal primary education,
· Eric Wainaina (Kenya): Promote gender equality and empower women,
· Mingas (Mozambique): Reduce child mortality,
· HHP (South Africa): Improve maternal health,
· Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa): Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
· Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe): Ensure environmental sustainability,
· The Soweto Gospel Choir (South Africa): Develop a Global Partnership for Development,
· Hugh Masekela (South Africa) and Jimmy Dludlu (South Africa) were 2 of the instrumentalists.
Some of the above artists are already involved in global and regional anti-poverty campaigns (Global Stand Up Against Poverty, African Stand Up Against Poverty and Free the Hungry Billion programmes) and some are already UN goodwill ambassadors.