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Meeting the MDGs

Feb 17, 2009

Going for Goals, a joint publication of Marie Stopes International and seven other UK based international health charities highlights that without greater commitment, the MDGs are unlikely to be met. The booklet also urges readers to send a postcard to their local MP for swift action on these goals.

Going for Goals

Publisher: Marie Stopes International and other agencies, 2009

This publication has been jointly produced by Marie Stopes International, Camfed International, HelpAge International, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Malaria Consortium, Plan UK, Sightsavers International and WaterAid.

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The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed by the international community in 2000 and included pledges that make serious gains in the reduction of global poverty. The deadline for meeting these goals is 2015 and although some are on track, others are falling way behind.

Concerned at the slow progress being made in meeting the MDGs, this publication is designed to help readers find out more about these goals and what they can do to ensure the race to meet them is won.

The MDGs are a set of eight goals drawn up at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 which were adopted by 189 countries. They are designed to tackle the world’s main development challenges, from climate change to reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty, from tackling HIV/Aids to gender inequality.

So how will all this be paid for? There has been commitment from both national governments and international donors.

Rich countries have committed to spending 0.7% of their gross national income on development, yet most of them still fall short of this amount.

This booklet provides specific information about each of the eight MDGs: what they’re about, the serious and pervasive problems they aim to tackle, and how achieving them, could make specific improvements to the lives of millions.

Tackling world poverty — and the many problems that result from it — are issues important to those of us who live in the developed world too. All of us can play our part, in some small way, to make sure that the world is a more equitable place.

The booklet also urges readers to download a postcard and send it to their local MP urging them to sign the early day motion, Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals (EDM 200).

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