2015 NO EXCUSE: UNITED NATIONS MILLENNIUM CAMPAIGN.
"It is not in the United Nations that the Millennium Development Goals will be achieved."
"They have to be achieved in each of its Member States, by the joint efforts of their governments and people." Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
At the Millennium Summit in 2000, 189 Heads of State and Governments firmly committed to work together and build a safer, more prosperous and equitable world for all by 2015.
They adopted eight Millennium Development Goals that put a people-centred development at the heart of the global, national and local agendas.
The Goals committed rich and poor countries to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, eliminate gender inequality and environmental degradations, and ensure access to education, health services and clean water, all by 2015.
This initiative emerged at the World Food Summit in 1996, at which high-level policy makers from more than 180 countries agreed to the goal of reducing by half the number of people with an insecure supply of food, to 400 million, between 1990 and 2015. At the second Summit in 2002, policy makers from the same countries reaffirmed their goals, which are now called the Millennium Goals.
We are all Responsible
The Millennium Goals are not too ambitious. They are technically and economically within our reach, but only if governments take concrete and urgent action to implement them.
Even today, 1,200 million people struggle to survive in less than 1 dollar a day; 113 million children (2/3 of them girls) do not have access to primary education; of 4 children born 1 will not reach the age of 5 and more than 13 million children (95% in Africa) are orphans due to HIV/AIDS.
A Global Deal
The Goals represent a global partnership committing rich and poor countries to a clear set of responsibilities. Poor countries pledged to improve governance and reform policies, channelling their resources towards the first seven Goals .
Rich countries, for their part, promised to deliver more and more effective aid, faster and deeper debt relief, more trade opportunities and fairer trade rules, and increased technology transfer to poor countries (as described in Goal 8). Poor countries cannot achieve these goals by 2015 unless rich countries deliver on their end of the bargain now.
The purpose of the Campaign is to build political will for the achievement of the Millennium Goals.
By 2015 it is possible to…
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
2. Ensure that all boys and girls complete primary school.
3. promote gender equality and empower women.
4. Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five.
5. Reduce by three quarters the ratio of women dying in childbirth.
6. Halt and begin to reserve the spread of HIV/AIDS and incidence of malaria and other major diseases.
7. Ensure that the quality of the environment is protected.
8. Develop a global partnership for development.
…ONLY IF GOVERMENTS ARE HELD ACCOUNABLE FOR THEIR PROMISES.
"We are the first generation that can eradicate poverty, and we refuse to miss this opportunity," stated Eveline Herfkens, The U.N. Secretary-General's Executive Coordinator of the Millennium Campaign.
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