Millennium Development Goals: Global Partnership

Today I’m looking at the final Millennium Development Goal (with thanks to the United Nations). Learning about the MDGs has been very useful, especially around election time. While many of the targets haven’t been reached (and probably won’t be on time), there has been a lot of progress, proving that together, we can do something about poverty. Continue reading

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Reigning in HIV/AIDS & Malaria

I have a beautiful friend who is studying gene science. Her entire life revolves around this one goal: to find a cure for HIV AIDS. Since the 80’s this disease has ravaged the world. Due to a lack of education and, in some cases, unhealthy cultural beliefs, AIDS has been rampant in the third world. Each year, around 2 millsion people die with a strain of the disease. I don’t understand the ins and outs of AIDS and what makes it HIV or not, but I do know that most of us know someone who has lost a loved one because of it. I do. Imagine what it’s like in the developing world, where it’s still spreading like wildfire! Continue reading

Maternal Health: Keeping Mothers Alive

Last week I posted about Maternal Health (or lack thereof) in third world nations. The stastics of maternal mortality are heartbreaking, leaving families, communities and nations lacking in a vital element – mothers.

Thankfully, there are a lot of people working to change this.

Millennium Development Goal # is to improve maternal health. This goal has been broken in to two targets: Continue reading

Gender Equality: Difficult to Weigh Up

Women all around the world are struggling because their gender automatically places them at a rank of lower importance. The UN is fighting to change this. Goal #3 of the Millennium Development Goals is Promote gender equality and empower women

This goal has one target: to “eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015.” Continue reading

Universal education for girls and boys by 2015 – will we make it?

Hi and welcome to lesson two in the Millennium Development Goals! I didn’t realise this but it’s actually a really good time to be learning and thinking about these goals. Our election (Aus) is coming up and our politicians need to know just how many of us are passionate about justice for all.

So, here we go with target number 2:

Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling Continue reading

Eradication of Poverty – progress has been made but there’s still a long way to go

Hi all

As I blogged the other day, I’m learning about the Millenium Development Goals, where we’re up to in reaching them and what we can do to help.

This Goal, the first on the list, is close to many of our hearts. If you sponsor a child in a developing country or support mission and relief efforts, this is an issue you’re probably concerned about. The issue is poverty. The first goal of the Millenium Development Goals is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. Poverty is something the western world has cared about for a long time and one which many people have tried to eradicate. The great thing about the Millenium Development Goals is that many nations have agreed to work together in a strategic plan to see what can be done, instead of working as individuals. Continue reading

Quick Facts About… The Millenium Development Goals

I’m on a mission to educate myself on the issues that are poisoning and destroying humanity. This blog is a major part of that endeavour. As a girl who has spent the best part of 25 years doing everything she possibly could to shield herself from the pain of the world, I’ve got a lot of learning to do.

I’ve done some reading and compiled some information to help me (and you, if you so desire) understand the goals and if there’s anything perhaps that I can do to help out. Continue reading