While I was in Panama at the International Association of Voluntary Efforts (IAVE) Conference, I met the director of the End Poverty 2015 Millennium Campaign. In 2000, 189 world leaders signed the Millennium Declaration and agreed to meet a set of benchmarks called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs.)
The overarching goal is to eradicate extreme poverty. It is a call for governments to reexamine their commitment to human development. We are at the half point and now that the focus is off the world leaders, it is essential that the grass roots efforts need to be increased. We need to hold our world leaders accountable to their commitments.
In the US, the campaign is under the banner of the organization ONE-The Campaign to make poverty history. I would ask that you take a look at their website and look at the action steps that we as Americans can take to help us meet the goals of the campaign. For those international readers of the blog you can get more information at End Poverty 2015 Millennium Campaign.
“The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the world’s time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions-income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion-while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. They are also basic human rights-the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter, and security.”
Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty
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
Submitted by Sam Singh
Sam Singh is an affiliated consultant with the Lansing-based firm, Public Policy Associates. He currently is on sabbatical traveling the world. You can contact Sam at email@example.com