MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
By Helen Gaw
In September 2000, 189 nations agreed to the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The aim of the goals is to halve extreme poverty in all its dimensions by 2015.
Ten years since the goals were agreed, the world's leaders are again meeting to review progress. It is now more obvious than ever before that climate change is perhaps the greatest threat to the MDGs. Our environment needs sustaining, otherwise we will not be able to meet the goals - we may even end up in a worse position than when the goals were set.
The goals are related to each other and often progress in one goal means progress in another. For example, improved sanitation will help to reduce maternal and child mortality (Goals 4 and 5), reduce the spread of some neglected tropical diseases (Goal 6) and encourage girls to stay in school (Goals 2 and 3).
This issue encourages us to persevere, even though the goals are so large that we might wonder whether we can make a difference. A Chinese proverb says 'The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones'. Faith can also move mountains!
Overall the progress made so far is too slow to achieve all the goals by 2015, but as many of the articles in this issue show, there is always a reason for hope. As well as doing some simple practical things, we can speak out, asking our governments to act and keep the agreements they made in 2000. Micah Challenge is bringing together Christians and churches in many nations to do just that. Perhaps there are some activities in your country you can join?
The next issue will focus on Leadership.
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