MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOAL #1. . . LONG WAY AWAY. ERADICATE Extreme hunger/poverty. “Time is short. We must seize this historic moment to act responsibly and decisively for the common good.”
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As part of its response to the Millennium Declaration, the government financed a package of 12 social programmes (US$68 million) to train and find employment opportunities for the unemployed and to support needy families. A micro-finance scheme developed in cooperation with UNDP/UNCDF has 3,500 beneficiaries, 65% of whom are women, reaching 4.4% of Bahraini families.
Can it be done??
Down the road, maybe. By the due date of 2015, no way. There is simply too much poverty and hunger in the world for the UN to even put a significant dent into. They can aid farmers with the implementation of N.I.S.P., they can provide emergency food aid to organizations like World Food Programme to be distributed throughout needy countries, but there will always be a roadblock. Whether it’s the governments lack of care toward their people - using the majority of the produce grown for exports and not for self-preservation, or if the main target of the development goals (the extremely poor) are not even able to buy the produce due to a lack of steady income and increasing food prices. The work that needs to be done on income stability could result in improvements in the area of starvation and hunger, however, I feel that it is naive to believe that both these enormous responsibilities and burdens can be fixed given the lack of progress evident since the beginning of the initiative.
What still needs to be done??
BELIEVE! AND WE WILL ACHIEVE!!!