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End Poverty 2015 Campaign

March 5, 2008

Still in the mood of poverty, check this great site on the End Poverty 2015 campaign and how you and I can contribute.

This is the historic promise 189 world leaders made at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 when they signed onto the Millennium Declaration and agreed to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The MDGs are an eight-point road map with measurable targets and clear deadlines for improving the lives of the world’s poorest people. World leaders have agreed to achieve the MDGs by 2015.

To quote some of the eye-opening articles from campiagn’s site:

Nearly 1 billion people live on less than $1 per day-yet the world has never been so prosperous. The world has enough money, resources and technology to end poverty forever. 2007, marks the halfway point to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and this rate many Goals will not be met. It is more urgent than ever that we intensify our efforts to demand that promises made to achieve the MDGs and end poverty are kept.

Every minute a woman dies due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth, adding up to half a million women dying every year. Another 10-15 million women suffer serious or long-lasting illnesses or disabilities.

“No woman should die giving life,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid.

“To have a healthy society, you have to have healthy mothers.”

In many countries, however, progress in maternal health has been slow. In some, the situation has actually deteriorated over the last 20 years.

Check this statistics on Brunei from the UNICEF site.

For those who are unaware of what the Millennium Development Goal is all about, click for more information here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 4, 2008 4:54 pm

    I am voluntarily working with the United Nations on its Millennium Development Goals.
    Join my community and check the latest discussion on Poverty Line……..
    http://www.orkut.co.in/Community.aspx?cmm=47234928

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