The United Nations recently released their latest Millennium Development Goals report. These eight goals were established by the United Nations during the Millennium Summit in 2000 and were intended to promote development through the improvement of social and economic conditions in the world’s poorest countries.
It has been 13 years since member states and international organisations, including The Salvation Army, pledged to support the MDGs. So how far have we come?
· An estimated 10.7 million deaths were averted from 2000-2011 due to immunisation against measles.
· Women are assuming more power in the world’s parliament
· The child mortality rate has dropped 41% since 1990
· In the last two decade, the maternal mortality rate has declined by 47%.
· 1.9 billion People gained access to safe sanitary facilities.
This is fantastic progress! It demonstrates that change is happening; people are leaving poverty and experiencing empowerment. However,
“Despite this impressive achievement at the global level, 1.2 billion people are still living in extreme poverty”.
· One in eight people remain chronically undernourished.
· In the developing world over 60% of workers live on less than $4 a day.
· One in four children who begin primary school will leave before reaching the final grade.
· Women continue to be denied equal opportunity with men to participate in decisions that affect their lives.
· An estimated 863 million people live in slums in the developing world.
The MDG report is a call for The Salvation Army and its people to continue the fight for justice, to continue to advocate for those who are marginalised and to continue to speak up with those who are oppressed.
How will you fight to end extreme poverty?
To read the full report visit http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/pdf/report-2013/mdg-report-2013-english.pdf