MDG's - Millennium Development Goals Review of MDGs and our...

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Millennium Development Goals Review of MDGs and our progress (or lack thereof)
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What are they? “The MDGs are possibly the most visionary deal that most people have never heard of” Bono, NYT OpEd, 18 Sept 2010 “The share of the African population in extreme poverty had also declined from around 58% in 1999 to probably under 50% in 2010” Jeffrey Sachs, NYT OpEd, 17 Sept 2010
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History “The Millennium Declaration in 2000 was a milestone in international cooperation, inspiring development efforts that have improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world.” MDG Report 2010. Signed by 192 countries The Goals represent human needs and basic rights that every individual around the world should be able to enjoy freedom from extreme poverty and hunger quality education productive and decent employment good health and shelter the right of women to give birth without risking their lives a world where environmental sustainability is a priority a world women and men live in equality. Leaders also pledged to forge a wide-ranging global partnership for development to achieve these universal objectives
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Glass half full or half empty? Summits every 5 years to report on progress At 2005 Summit, chances of reaching halving of world poverty by 2015 seemed doable. Impact of the so-called “triple crisis” – the economic downturn, lingering effects of high food and energy prices, and climate change – is leading many experts to deduce that the MDGs will fail. September 2010: World leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York to review progress, assess obstacles and gaps, and agree on concrete strategies and actions to meet the eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
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Keeping the Promise “ We, Heads of State and Government, gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 20 to 22 September 2010, welcome the progress made since we last met here in 2005 while expressing deep concern that it falls far short of what is needed. Recalling the development goals and commitments emanating from the Millennium Declaration and the 2005 World Summit Outcome,2 we reaffirm our resolve to work together for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples.” UNGA 17 Sept 2010 A/65/L.1 http://www.un.org/en/mdg/summit2010/pdf/mdg%20outcome % 20document.pdf
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Situation in 2010: according to UN 1. Many countries are moving forward, including some of the poorest, demonstrating that setting bold, collective goals in the fight against poverty yields results. For every life that has benefited from the establishment of a quantitative, time-bound framework of accountability, the MDGs have made a real difference. 2.
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