Wednesday, February 24, 2010

MDGs

Another non-crafty blog, but I just had to share this with you all. It comes from Oxfam International:

"In September the UN is meeting to discuss the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and we want you to show our leaders how it’s done. By making and keeping a promise we can send them a message that the MDG commitments must be kept.

Global leaders are breaking their promises to the world's poor. In 2000, they committed to halve poverty and reach eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015. But they are way off track. They’ve promised…

To make sure all children can attend a primary school. Yet today, 75 million children will not see the inside of a classroom.
To reduce the number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth by three quarters. Yet every year, 500,000 women continue to die from preventable complications in childbirth.
To provide universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. Today, at least five million people living with HIV still do not have access to life-prolonging treatment and care.

Now, more than ever, we need world leaders to keep to their word and deliver the aid that they’ve promised to poor countries.

The Big Promise is challenging world leaders to keep their promises to the world's poor. Make a promise today and keep it – and send politicians a message to make good on the commitments they set out not so long ago. Let’s show them how to make a promise and keep it.

Your promise doesn’t have to be big or daunting – just something you can keep. Something to raise a smile. And raise a voice. Do something a bit different; send a pledge from the edge. From more tea to a handstand a day, make a promise. Say it. Do it. Keep it. Share it with your friends. And show world leaders how it is done."

This is the link for you to make your promise. Even if you don't go to the website and make a promise public, you could make a private promise to yourself - just to educate yourself on the MDGs and the progress being made toward reaching those goals. You can go to the UN website here to learn more. We only have five more years to reach these goals.

2 comments:

  1. Wow! I love this idea. It's so easy for politicians to make promises, because they sound good to me but then I never follow up on whether they kept them. Thank you for sharing this info.

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