Energy and the Millennium Development Goals. What are the Millennium Development goals?.
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In 2000 a large number of countries around the world who form the United Nations agreed on 8 goals they would try to reach by 2030 that would dramatically improve the lives of poor people around the world. They called them the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs
Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty
Achieve universal primary education
Promote Gender equality and empower women
Reduce child mortality
Improve maternal health
Combat HIV/AIDs, malaria and other diseases
Ensure environmental sustainability
Develop a global partnership for development
The United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki Moon realised that making sure poor people have energy is essential if we hope to meet the MDGs. He made 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All
‘Universal energy access is a foundation for the MDGs…without energy services the poor are cut off from basic amenities’’
On separate pieces of paper write down of as many things as you can that you use energy for in your life.
In your group see if you can group them together into categories e.g. heating, communicating
Feedback to the class
In 2010 Practical Action produced a report called the Poor People Energy Outlook One thing it did was similar to what you have just done, it grouped together what energy is needed for by people living in poverty.
In your groups see if you can match the MDG goal logo with it’s meaning. Underneath write what you think energy is needed for to reach this goal e.g. match
Improved maternal health
Now think about what energy is needed for to improve maternal health. Use the categories from before to help you.
We know energy vital for poor people to escape povertyand important if we want to achieve the MDGs. The problem is right now, a third of the world’s population has no access to modern energy services.
Energy is just about the most important thing poor people need to lift themselves out of poverty.
It follows that helping poor people get energy is a must if we hope to meet the MDGs - 8 goals set by the united nations to reduce poverty massively by 2030.
2012 is the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All…spread the word!