Monday, November 29, 2010

Millenium Goals


We are the first generation who can put an end to extreme poverty. We have the means and, for the first time, we start having political willpower to succeed. With this idea in mind, the first Millennium Summit was held in New York in the year 2000, in which representatives of 189 countries signed the Millennium Declaration. This text establishes human development priorities for the forthcoming years, in terms of peace, human dignity and eradication of poverty, resulting in eight concrete objectives –seven to be achieved before 2015. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the following ones: 
 
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development
 
We are still far from achieving these goals, and we have even taken a step backwards in some issues since the Millennium Declaration was signed, but we are still on track. We should demand that our governments place MDGs on the top of their priority list and fulfil them. No excuse.

Sources:
  1. 189 is a large representation of world countries: http://www.deliveringdata.com/2010/08/how-many-countries-are-there-in-world.html
  2. Millennium Declaration: http://www.un.org/millennium/declaration/ares552e.htm
  3. Millennium Goals: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
  4. Current situation of MDGs: http://www.mdgmonitor.org/
  5. “No Excuse 2015” campaign: http://www.noexcuse2015.org/
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1 comment:

  1. We can do so many good things but do we have the will?

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