Sunday, August 31, 2008

Up for the challenge

As I was browsing blogs this evening I came across the monthly challenge on a site National Blog Posting Month. I thought that by taking up the challenge I might gain some momentum with my blog. Here's to September for taking up challenges.

Speaking of challenges on a much larger scale I've been reading, studying and thinking about the Millennium Development Goals that UN member states adopted in 2000. There are eight goals that the UN member states and international organisations agreed to achieve by 2015. We are over half way through the time period and probably still a very long way off. There is a lot of work to be done if we want to achieve them.

Millennium Development Goals

Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
▪ By 2015, halve the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day and those who suffer from hunger.

Achieve Universal Primary Education
▪ By 2015, ensure that all boys and girls complete primary school.

Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
▪ Eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015.

Reduce Child Mortality
▪ By 2015, reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five.

Improve Maternal Health
▪ By 2015, reduce by three quarters the ratio of women who die during childbirth.

Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Other Diseases
▪ By 2015, halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.

Ensure Environmental Sustainability
▪ Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs and reverse the loss of environmental resources.
▪ By 2015, halve the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water.
▪ By 2020, achieve significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.

Develop a Global Partnership for Development
▪ Develop further an open trading and financial system that is rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory, and includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction – nationally and internationally.

▪ Address the special needs of the least developed countries, including tariff- and quota-free access for their exports, enhanced debt relief, and more generous official development assistance for countries committed to poverty reduction.
▪ Address the special needs of landlocked and small island developing states.
▪ Deal comprehensively with developing countries’ debt problems.
▪ Develop decent and productive work for youth.
▪ In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries.
▪ In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies – especially information and communications technologies.

Source: United Nations Department of Public Information

Are you up for the challenge?

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