Observations of Life in Orissa, India (Part IV)

Welcome to the last post in the series about my observations of life in Orissa, India. Provided is a summary of the previous posts as well as links to more information.

Millennium Development Goals—Meeting the Challenges

In 2000, the United Nations offered us a chance to cut world-wide poverty in half. The Millennium Development Goals are supported by192 United Nations member states and at least twenty-three international organizations that have agreed to work to reach the eight goals by the year 2015. The goals are: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; Achieve universal primary education; Promote gender equality and empower women; Reduce child mortality; Improve maternal health; Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; Ensure environmental sustainability; and Develop a global partnership for development. Each goal is broken down into 21 quantifiable targets that are measured by 60 indicators. These goals were, of course, created so the richest nations could help the poorest.

In June this year, the U.N. published Millennium Development Goals Report 2010. At the two-thirds point, reaching the goals does not appear likely. “It is clear that improvements in the lives of the poor have been unacceptably slow, and some hard-won gains are being eroded by the climate, food and economic crises,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in the foreword to the publication.

In 2000, the rich nations were prospering and progress was strong. However, once the recession arrived, and natural disasters grabbed our attention, we turned to focus on our own situation, which we think of as desperate.

To read more about the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, click here.

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Posted by: Sharon Rabb, Project Specialist