Millenniumsziele 2015

"The world’s agriculture could easily feed 12 Billion people. That means a child who dies of hunger today is being murdered."
(Jean Ziegler, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and author of the Book “Das Imperium der Schande”)

What are the UN’s Millennium Goals and how can we achieve these goals? The following texts and links aim to help understand this complex undertaking by the UN and the problems of the world in order to enable you to form your own opinion/impression about these issues.

These are the UN’s Millennium Goals

MDG 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
What constitutes extreme poverty? If you want to eradicate poverty you have to know what you are up against. Owing to new data concerning price development in the developing countries the World Bank raised the poverty level last year. Extreme poverty constitutes having less than 1.25 US Dollar or equivalent per day to live (survive) on. Up to this date it had been set at 1 US Dollar. With the new level the number of people living in poverty has increased even further.

MDG 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education
Education is the key to a just world. Whoever has knowledge, is able to read, calculate and can gain information by doing so, is less dependent on others, less likely to be oppressed and is able to use opportunities to get themself out of poverty.

MDG 3: Promote Gender Equality
Education is of particular importance for women. Education builds confidence. Confident women find it easier to develop networks and are more likely to protest against unjust situations.

MDG 4: Reduce Infant Mortality
Every three seconds a child dies. The cause of death is often an avoidable illness caused by insufficient immunisation, polluted water or unhygienic living conditions.

MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health
In the developing countries one in 48 women dies during labour. This shocking statistic also relates to the fact that in these countries women often get married much too young at the age of 12 -14.

MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS and Other Diseases
In Sub-Saharan Africa malaria alone kills a child every 30 seconds. This statistic becomes even more alarming when other diseases are added.

MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability
The environment appears to only be getting in the way of our fight for survival and the development of a flourishing economy - a fatal deception.

MDG 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
What is development aid? - Charitable gift, creation of new markets or means to fight poverty? Goal number 8 gives the responsibility for the "global deal" in the fight against poverty to both industrial and developing countries.

Goals 1-7 take the developing countries to task: They have to use their financial resources (which often are not as stretched as we think) to help the poor, to fight against corruption and for equality and to further democratic processes. Goal eight commits the industrial countries to use their position of power to achieve equality for all countries.

That means: More money for better quality development aid, effective debt relief, support of governments which actively fight against poverty in their developing countries. It also requires the removal of trade barriers in order to give poor countries a real chance in the world market.

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