MDG#7:Environment,Water and Slums

So on we move to Millennium Development Goal #7:

ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Target 1: Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources

  • The rate of deforestation shows signs of decreasing, but is still alarmingly high
  • A decisive response to climate change is urgently needed
  • The unparalleled success of the Montreal Protocol shows that action on climate change is within our grasp

Target 2: Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss

  • The world has missed the 2010 target for biodiversity conservation, with potentially grave consequences
  • Key habitats for threatened species are not being adequately protected
  • The number of species facing extinction is growing by the day, especially in developing countries
  • Overexploitation of global fisheries has stabilized, but steep challenges remain to ensure their sustainability

Target 3: Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation

  • The world is on track to meet the drinking water target, though much remains to be done in some regions
  • Accelerated and targeted efforts are needed to bring drinking water to all rural households
  • Safe water supply remains a challenge in many parts of the world
  • With half the population of developing regions without sanitation, the 2015 target appears to be out of reach
  • Disparities in urban and rural sanitation coverage remain daunting
  • Improvements in sanitation are bypassing the poor

Target 4: By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers

  • Slum improvements, though considerable, are failing to keep pace with the growing ranks of the urban poor
  • Slum prevalence remains high in sub-Saharan Africa and increases in countries affected by conflict

(Information with thanks to the United Nations)

The following projects are working towards achieving these goals:

Watoto is working towards sustainability of its villages through farming to provide food in the villages and skills training which then provides the furniture and equipment required in the houses and schools.

Vision Rescue works with the street children of Mumbai and is significantly improving the lives of these slum dwellers by providing food and non-formal education.

Water for Water provide local communities with funding and tools to build wells which provide clean, safe water for up to 25 families, saving countless lives.

Progress towards the MDG target on safe drinking water, by region (1990 and 2004)

References:

United Nations

Colour Sisterhood

UNICEF

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