The Eight Commandments

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) pertain to 8 items summarizing the pledges of world leaders at the New York headquarters of the UN in September 2000. After the halfway milestone towards the 2015 deadline was officially reached last July 7, The Economist assesses each of the points made then. Here’s the link to the said article.

The said targets have been raised as a response to previous calls by the UN concerning some issues. From the article:

In 1977 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, the world urged itself to provide safe water and sanitation for all by the end of the 1980s. In 1990 the UN renewed the call, extending the deadline to the end of the century. In 1978 in what is now Almaty, Kazakhstan, governments promised “health for all” by 2000. In 1990 in Jomtien, Thailand, they called for universal primary schooling by 2000, a goal pushed back to 2015 ten years later.

At the rate of progress reported though, the 2015 deadline for all points in the promise won’t be met. While economic successes in India and China assures the first MDG item will be reached, the progress of developing African nations point to a failure on the other points. In fact such Sub-Saharan Africa, by contrast, will not meet any of the goals.


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