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Published:October 11th, 2006 09:20 EST
Upstanding Citizen Of The World

Upstanding Citizen Of The World

By Sean Stubblefield

At the 2000 UN Millennium Summit, 189 world leaders from almost 60 countries-- both rich and poor-- signed onto the Millennium Declaration, pledging themselves on behalf of their citizens to fulfill what is called The Millennium Development Goals (MDG), in an effort to end extreme poverty worldwide by 2015.

 

This international agreement consists of and proposes 8 attainable objectives: 


1. Eradicate extreme poverty and 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
 

Statistics show that nearly 20% of the world’s population uses 80% of its resources.

Is it true that less than ONE percent of the American federal budget is currently allotted for fighting poverty and AIDS around the world?

The American government has already spent over 300 billion dollars for the War On Terror ™. Now, imagine if a mere 10% of only that portion of government spending went into satisfying the MDG. The fact that it isn’t done is tantamount to gross negligence. That isn’t a commentary on the war, it is a comment on priorities, on the government’s commitment.

 

www.millenniumcampaign.org asserts that “We are the first generation that can eradicate poverty.”

 

Eradication of poverty is within our power, within our reach, within our future.

I am convinced that if we-- as a society-- believed and tried, we really could accomplish this endeavor to rid the world of poverty by 2015. Governments united, together with the participation and advocacy of their citizens.

What an honorable statement that would make to and about humanity!

These goals are not only attainable, they are necessary to the very dignity of humanity.

The level of prosperity and resources exist so that no one should lack basic sustainability.

The level of prosperity and resources exist that enable us to end poverty.

 
Now all we need is your credit card number.
 

No, seriously, the beauty of this initiative is that we aren’t expected to make any financial donations or obligations, only to insist that our governments apply greater determination and dedication in maintaining and living up to their promise. (I think a double entendre is in there somewhere)

Although, our own independent contributions of money and time to related charities and organizations like www.one.org/ wouldn’t hurt the cause.

But the fundamental point of the Millennium Campaign is to remind us, and for us to remind and urge our government representatives to achieve the MDG.

On October 15-16, 2006 The Millennium Campaign hopes to set the first Guinness World Record for the largest number of people to STAND UP Against Poverty, by supporting the Millennium Development Goals and our governments’ stated commitment to fulfill them.
We have within each of us the power, and the responsibility, to leave the world a better place than when we came into it. Enforcing the MDG presents us all an opportunity to do that. How will you help change the world for the better?
http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals

2006 United Nations MDG Report informs us that some progress is being made, but that there is still much work to be done:

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/mdg/Resources/Static/Products/Progress2006/MDGReport2006.pdf