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.
This explanation is featured on the UN website and is quite thorough:
“Eradicating extreme poverty continues to be one of the main challenges of our time, and is a major concern of the international community. Ending this scourge will require the combined efforts of all, governments, civil society organizations and the private sector, in the context of a stronger and more effective global partnership for development. The Millennium Development Goals set timebound targets, by which progress in reducing income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter and exclusion — while promoting gender equality, health, education and environmental sustainability — can be measured. They also embody basic human rights — the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter and security. The Goals are ambitious but feasible and, together with the comprehensive United Nations development agenda, set the course for the world’s efforts to alleviate extreme poverty by 2015. ”
United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon
So basically; somewhere around the year 2000, everyone woke up and exclaimed, “Crap! The worlds going down the drain hole and we need to do something fast!” Not only that, but we realised we can’t do it alone. One person, one country, one group of people cannot change the state of poverty or oppression or any of the other strangle holds many people live with.
So what are the goals, I can hear you ask. Well, here’s a summary:
Millenium Development Goals
End Poverty and Hunger:
- Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than one dollar a day.
- Target 1b: Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people.
- Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.
- Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.
Gender Equality and Empower Women:
- Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015.
Reduce Child Mortality:
- Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate.
- Reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio.
- Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health.
Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases:
- Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.
- Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it.
- Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.
- Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
- By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum-dwellers.
- Target 7a: Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources.
- Target 7b: Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss.
- Develop a global partnership for development.
My original plan was to quickly jot out a blog to inform and educate myself (and readers) on The Millenium Goals. That was a little naiive. Instead, I’ve done a quick overview and will endeavour to post on each goal separately over the next few weeks and investigate what each goal entails, what needs to be done and what has been done already. Sounds interesting? I think so! It’s important for all of us to understand it because if we don’t understand or aren’t aware, how can we help?
If you’d like to watch a clip of Janelle Hall of the United Nations explaining the goals in laymans terms (perfect!), click here.
Cheers and have a great weekend!