In 2000 a commitment was made to the world’s poorest to eradicate poverty, hunger, disease, maternal and child deaths and other ills by the 2015 – The Millennium Development Goals (MDG). This commitment has spurred an unprecedented global agenda for partnership since they were established 10 years ago. They have seen remarkable progress, including a 74 percent reduction in measles deaths, 4 million people on life-saving AIDS treatment, and more than 30 million additional children in primary school in Africa alone. The success stories each have major lessons for scale up, including sound technical interventions, institutional mechanisms to deliver services, adequate finance to reach scale, and a clear focus on metrics. Ten years ago most were widely considered unachievable. This week, the UN will be discussing progress and setbacks and there have been many setbacks; unfulfilled promises, global economic crisis, lack of commitment and more.
With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General #Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.
The eight Goals are:
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDs, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development
As World leaders renew commitments, we want to know what your commitment will be. What is the one thing you can do, the one action you can take to help with any one of these goals?