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“We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women, and children, from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are now subjected.” – Kofi Annan The MDGs and Us Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation
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“We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women, and children, from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are now subjected.” – Kofi Annan
The MDGs and Us
Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation
Luke 16: 19-31
The United Nations
This is a unique moment in history, when the stated intentions of world leaders [to realize the MDGs] echo something of the mind of the Biblical prophets and the teachings of Jesus concerning the poor.
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve the health of mothers
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development
1 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty.
Specifically, the aim is, by 2015, to cut in half the proportion of people (starting at the 1990 proportion) whose income amounts to less than a dollar a day, and who suffer from hunger. About 1.1 billion people had less than $1 to spend today, and 840 million people were hungry.
2 Achieve universal primary education.
The aim: that all girls and boys complete primary school. Today 115 million school-aged children are not in school. The biggest number of these children live in South Asia – India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In Africa, only half of the school-aged children finish primary school. So far we are not making progress fast enough to achieve this goal of primary education by 2015.
Universal Primary Education – Three regions are on track to achieve the goal. But three regionsare in danger of falling short. Sub-Saharan Africa only 51% of children finish primary school. South Asia has nearly twice as many illiterate folk as Africa.
3 Promote gender equality and empower women.
How? Many ways – like making sure that as many girls and young women have the chance to go to grade school, high school, and college education as boys.
4 Reduce child mortality.
The goal is to decrease by two-thirds the number of children who die before their 5th birthday. At present one small life slips away every three seconds – 11 million children a year.
One region is on track to achieve the goal by 2015, and three regions are close. But two regionsare not reducing children’s deaths very much. Children in South Asia and Africa live in risk.
5 Improve maternal health.
The target is to reduce maternal mortality by three-quarters. We think mothers are safe. But 500,000 mothers die in childbirth a year. Many women are afraid as their little one grows inside, afraid as they do the cooking and hum a lullaby, afraid they will die as they bring forth life.
6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases.
Reverse the spread of these dread diseases by 2015.
7 Ensure environmental sustainability. How?
Make drinking water safer – 1 in six of us drink water that may make us sick.
Also, improve the lives of 100 million of the 924 million slum dwellers in our cities.
And control gas emissions.
8 Develop a global partnership for development.
Enable donors, governments, corporations, faith based groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals work together to achieve the MDGs.
Nearly every year more mothers die in childbirth than people die in combat.
Poverty is huge. And we could do prevent and halt some conflicts by reducing poverty. We could. The power is in our hands.
That’s why the United Nation’s MDG slogan is: “No Excuses”
I didn’t know how to make garlands, or to keep a rose garden. Now it feels easy.
Suppose a woman is not feeling well, we can do each others work. We have done so many times, to help each other out.
People in the village now respect me.
In the early morning, I pick flowers. When I do this, I feel I have done sawab – holy work. Inner peace comes.
People tell me that the fragrance of roses is always in my clothes.
Most loving God,
As your desire for mercy for the poor is unrelenting, may we be unrelenting in our pursuit of mercy for all;
As your compassion for the suffering of the poor knows no limit, may our hearts overflow with compassion for all;
As you long for justice for the poor, may we strive for justice for all.
Forgive us our meager faith that doubts your providence and bounty, and our abiding neglect of your Son in the poor and needy of the world;
Open our eyes to the structures of oppression from which we benefit, and give us courage to accept our responsibility, wisdom to chart a sound course amid complexity, and perseverance to continue our work until it is finished.
Breathe your life-giving Spirit afresh into your Church to free us from apathy and indifference, and so bless and direct our endeavors that we may be agents of your mercy, compassion, and justice, to the end that new life and hope may abound and your Name be praised in every place; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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$100 70 cents
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