For many Americans, New Year’s goals/ resolutions involve losing weight, saving money….seemingly all things that deal with bettering oneself. Unfortunately, these resolutions seem to be fairly ineffective as our waistlines are increasing almost as quickly as our debt clock is running….ok, well maybe there isn’t anything that runs as fast as the debt clock….but either way, this year may be the year to take the focus of your own problems and think globally.
For 2009, I would encourage you all to give some thoughts to the following: The Millennium Development Goals.
The MDG’s are as follows:
The United Nation’s website explains:
“The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world’s main development challenges. The MDGs are drawn from the actions and targets contained in the Millennium Declaration that was adopted by 189 nations-and signed by 147 heads of state and governments during the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000.”
These 8 goals break down into 21 quantifiable targets measured by 60 indicators. In just passing the half way mark from 2000 to 2015, there have been mixed levels of success. Some indicators have been met by some countries, while the same indicators have actually become worse in others. Here are just some of the current results of how well the MDGs are being met:
EAST ASIA/PACIFIC, MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA/CARIBBEAN ARE ON TRACK TO REACH THE MDG TARGET BY 2015
Progress towards the MDG target on basic sanitation, by region (1990 and 2004)
For a snapshot of the progression of all of the goals, click here.
From what I have read, there is still a lot to be done for all Millennium Developmental Goals to be achieved. But you can do your part in helping! Please “Stand Up and Take Action” against poverty by doing just one of these many ideas.
There are zillions of direct and indirect ways to contribute to those who are suffering from the consequences of extreme poverty. If you need an idea of where to start, let me know and I’ll give you some ideas!
Until then, try using the stress many of you likely face to focus your energy on something positive for someone else. Then maybe you will actually accomplish some of your New Years’ Resolutions along the way!