The Millennium Development Goals

The motivation to study the MDGs is not because it is politically correct nor because it is a good thing to do. Rather, it is the right thing to do. The Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation website states it simply: "The MDGs aren't a new idea for Christians . . . we've been doing this stuff as long as there's been a church! Our scripture and tradition is overflowing with God calling us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick, nurture children, steward creation and everything else the MDGs are about. The MDGs give us a structure not only for answering a divine call that has echoed through the millennia, but a structure for connecting our work for God's mission of global reconciliation and healing to a worldwide effort that can bring the whole planet together." 

The target date set by the United Nations to accomplish the Millennium Development Goals is 2015. Not much time and so much yet to do.

1. Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty

To cut in half the number of people whose income amounts to less than $1 per day, and who suffer from hunger

2. Achieve universal primary education

To ensure that all children, everywhere, complete primary school 

3. Promote gender equality and empower women 

To provide girls and young women the same educational opportunities as their male counterparts 

4. Reduce child mortality 

To decrease by 2/3 the number of children who die before the age of five

5. Improve maternal health 

To reduce by 3/4 the maternal mortality ratio  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases and to halt and reverse the spread of these highly contagious diseases 

5. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

To halt and reverse the spread of these highly contagious diseases

7. Ensure environmental sustainability 

To make drinking water safer, improve the lives of slum dwellers, and reverse the loss of environmental resources 

8. Develop a global partnership for development 

To enable the world to work together to achieve these goals through debt relief, fair trade, affordable medications, technology, and special funding and programs