Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

MDG-logosSister Germaine Price, representing the Company of the Daughters of Charity at the United Nations, shares the news below from the UN in New York:

[UN-NGO] The post-2015 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals have been high on the agenda at the United Nation during this past year. Multiple consultations have been conducted by various organizations making it possible for the voices of the people to be heard concerning the future.

 However, this is 2013 and there is still much to be done to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before we commit to Sustainable Development Goals in 2015.  Several important meetings will be held in September, just after the opening of the 68th Session of the General Assembly, to aid government leaders in keeping the achievement of the MGGs as a high priority for the next two years.

On September 23, the Secretary-General will host a high-level forum to catalyze and accelerate further action to achieve the MDGs. This event will focus on concrete examples of successful efforts that have been made and opportunities to increase and strengthen efforts to achieve the goals in the time we have left. Several of the Secretary-General’s multi-stakeholder initiatives and movements such as Every Woman Every Child, Sustainable Energy for All, Education First, Zero Hunger Challenge, and the Call to Action on Sanitation will be highlighted.

And on September 25, a General Assembly High Level dialogue to follow up on efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals will be held. Civil society organizations, academic institutions, youth groups and private sector representatives are also invited to participate in this event.

The 2012 MDGs Report highlights what has been accomplished and what is needed to meet the 2015 targets.

The poverty reduction target has been met worldwide but it has not been met in every country.   Although extreme poverty is falling in every region 1.4 billion people continue to live in extreme poverty.

Between 1990 and 2010 over two billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources and more than 200 million urban residents in the developing world gained access to clean water sources and improved sanitation facilities.

Many countries have made significant progress, in spite of great challenges, in providing universal primary education and the ratio of girls to boys’ enrollment in primary education now stands at 97% for all developing regions.

Let us resolve to keep our commitments to all people in our world.

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