Millennium Development Goals
For the first time in history, governments and leaders worldwide have agreed that global poverty is a serious concern for all countries - wealthy and poor - and have signed up to a comprehensive strategy to tackle it. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are globally accepted targets that aim to substantially reduce poverty. The eight Goals offer a blueprint for halving extreme poverty by 2015.
The MDGs acknowledge that a healthy global economy and a safe, prosperous world cannot happen without healthy, educated people whose basic rights are respected. Steps like sending children to school, keeping them healthy with basic medicines and clean water and protecting their rights will make solving global poverty possible.
All 191 Member States of the United Nations have signed the MDGs. Significant institutions, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and non-government organisations like World Vision, have also endorsed them.
Basically, the Millennium Development Goals aim to:
- halve the number of people who suffer from hunger worldwide
- provide all children with primary education and improve girls' access to secondary education
- reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five
- reduce by three quarters the number of women who die due to childbirth
- reduce the incidence of HIV & AIDS, malaria and other major diseases
- encourage the principles of sustainable development in poor countries and reverse the loss of environmental resources
- halve the number of people without access to safe drinking water and significantly improve the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020
- develop a global partnership for development, based on a fair and open trading and financial system for all countries and reducing the burden of international debt for developing countries.
The topics are not new: an international agreement with clear and measurable goals is. The MDGs are ambitious, though not unrealistic. Putting men on the moon, the demise of the Berlin wall and Nelson Mandela as the first black president of South Africa once seemed impossible goals: today they are part of our history - and history shows that anything is possible if the collective will is there to make it to happen.
The World's Movie is our contribution to realising the Millennium Development Goals.
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