There are only 5 years to go to hit the Millennium Development Goal targets. This year, the UN is conducting a review to look at how to accelerate progress achievement of the goals. The review will be discussed at the UN MDG Summit in New York this year that will involve leaders from across the world.
The UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon has produced a draft document that will be presented at this Summit called “Keeping the Promise”.
He says “our world possesses the knowledge and the resources to achieve the MDGs”, but his report also notes that in some countries, particularly the least developed, progress has been woefully slow. Whilst presenting progress and challenges the report also provides concrete recommendations for action to speed up MDG progress.
Take action on the Millennium Development Goals
The Universal Declaration on Human Rights starts with the premises that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
Yet there are still 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty , with insufficient food, water, healthcare, schooling and the means to live their life to the full. And many do not have the voice in society to be able to change policies and structures that keep them impoverished.
The world you want: Freedom from Poverty
Tell your government that the world you want is one where everyone has the right to be free from poverty.
Join your local GCAP group who will be organising events and actions locally to ensure that governments do all they can to keep their promises on the MDGs.There is an action plan that you can take part in including:
- Creating your own The World We Want Charters – one that is free from poverty
- Lobbying your Government Delegations going to the UN MDG Summit in September
- Demanding Emergency Parliamentary Debates on the MDGs
If you’re in New York in June:
There are also interactive civil society hearings on the 14-15th June at the UN in New York. Stay tuned for more info if you’re able to take part in activities in New York.
At the CIVICUS World Assembly 23-24 August
We’re planning to take action to put human rights at the centre of tackling poverty at this years CIVICUS World Assembly in August (click here for more on the World Assembly).