For those of you keeping up with the latest news at the United Nations, you may already know that the Secretary-General recently released a statement marking last week as the 500 day mark for the conclusion of the MDGs. For those who are unfamiliar with the MDGs, you are reading the right blog as we are going to explore what they are, how they came to be, and the progress that our world has made since its establishment in the year 2000.
The Millennium Development Goals also referred to as MDGs are a set of eight time-bound goals, which are geared toward “reducing income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter and exclusion–while promoting gender equality, health education, and environmental sustainability.” They initiated in the year 2000 and are to be completed by 2015.
Here is a summary of the eight MDGs:
1) Eradicate extreme poverty & hunger
2) Achieve universal primary education
3) Promote gender equality and empower women
4) Reduce child mortality
5) Improve maternal health
6) Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
7) Ensure environmental sustainability
8) Develop a global partnership for development
These goals and the world’s progress on achieving them before the 2015 conclusion date can be further explored on the UN website with the following link: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
So why? Why were the MDGs established? And what does this have to do with justice and the Sisters and us??
When I think of the Sisters and their mission for justice, I sometimes smile in awe at how ahead of the game they were when their order was first established in Le Puy, France in 1650. It is 2014 and the Sisters are still ahead of the game. When the congregation was first established, their mission was to serve the underserved, heal where it was broken, and strive for justice where there was injustice. The concept of making a more just and peaceful world for all humanity without distinction, is what drove them to walk the streets of France even during the harsh circumstances of 17th century France. They always knew that poverty, hunger, disease, exclusion, inadequate shelter, and gender equality among many other social issues needed to be addressed and tended to….So they took action…
See the connection?
Just as the Sisters recognized that what affects one person affects the entire world, the UN came to this same realization. In the late 90s and early 2000s, the UN recognized that issues like poverty, universal education, health, disease, and environmental sustainability, among many others continued to plague nations, societies, and the global environment. As result of this, it was determined that the global community needed to act and needed to act NOW. Almost 15 years later since the development of the MDGs and our world has made tremendous progress, but much still needs to be done!
We ALL have a part in making OUR earthly home better. WE are the key to a more just and peaceful world.
Stay tuned for more UN news!
Jackie, SJW Justice Program Assistant