This issue has a different structure from previous issues. Instead of looking at one particular topic, we have chosen to focus on the eight Millennium Development Goals. The eight Millennium Development Goals were agreed together by 189 nations in September 2000 with the Millennium Declaration of the United Nations. They were agreed as achievable and were seen as the best way of tackling issues of poverty around the world. They represent an enormously encouraging step for the world.  

>A huge amount of information about the Millennium Development Goals has been written for governments, donors and NGOs. However, there has been little effort to make these goals relevant to the lives of ordinary people. In 2005, with ten more years remaining to meet the goals, a major review of progress is being made.

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  • Bible study: Advocacy for healthcare

    Advocacy for healthcare.   Thousands of people die every day from preventable diseases, from lack of proper healthcare or information about health issues. Many of these deaths are related to issues of international debt, corruption and bad governance. Injustice kills and, unfortunately, this is the reality for many people across the world.

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  • Goal 7 Ensure environmental sustainability

    Targets include the need to protect the environment, to reduce by half the number of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, and to significantly improve the lives of slum dwellers.

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  • Letters

    Seed for medicinal plants.   Following the Footsteps issue on the use of medicinal plants, I started to collect plants from this region, catalogue them with their local names and plant them on our farm.

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  • Meeting the Millennium Development Goals

    by the Most Revd Njongonkulu Ndungane. There are many forms of oppression and suffering – they can be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Poverty is often caused by oppression, and usually causes suffering. Poverty undermines families and damages communities.

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  • Resources

    HIV and AIDS: taking action (ROOTS 8) This new book looks at how the church and Christian development organisations can respond to the challenges brought by HIV and AIDS; reducing their impact, preventing the spread of HIV and addressing HIV and AIDS issues within organisations. The book has 100 pages and costs £10 ($18, €14.50). It is available in English (French, Spanish and Portuguese translations will be available shortly) from:

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