Thursday, 13 May 2010

Millennium Development Goals

"We must not fail the billions who look to the international community to fulfil the promise of the Millennium Declaration for a better world." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Without a major shift in how we run our economies and the politics of power and money, nothing much will change.

When I read that in today's Bangladesh 40 percent of population of 150 million lives on less that $1 a day, I'm reminded that the UN Millennium Goals may end up being empty rhetoric. 10 years from the Millennium Summit in 2000 when the goals were agreed and with 5 years left to achieve them, I wonder at the vastness of the task.

I completely agree with the principles. I'm consumed by a kind of pessimism that means I can't see the change, unless there is that massive shift in economic politics in order to achieve this. To remind us of the goals that were agreed in 2000 (be achieved world-wide by 2015):
  • Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
  • Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
  • Goal 5: Improve maternal health
  • Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
  • Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development
Whilst we are distracted by war, greed and power games, we need a reminder that we have five years left. This is an incredible task. Over the coming postings, I'd like to look at some of these.

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