LOL. That was a take off of the book title “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” Anyhow, Im taking a break from compiling my list of 500 charitiable groups to make a little note of the Millenium Development Goals which are all the rage at the UN this week. I havent been clear on what these goals are, but with the big UN hubub about it this week and through pursuing Jolkona which relates all its projects to the goals, I thought I would do some investigating and get caught up.
So the goals are basically things the world community came up with in 2000 thru the instrument of the UN as what the world as a whole wants to work towards. (Their starting points are 1990 stats) Here they are:
ERADICATE EXTREME POVERTY & HUNGER : There are three areas –> cut the numbers in half of people living off a dollar a day; same for people who suffer hunger; and achieve full, productive, decent employment for all including women and “young people”. Here’s the facts on progress so far.
IMPROVE MATERNAL HEALTH: As this blog has talked about before, there is a huge problem in developing countries with women dying in child birth or right after. Lowering this number is the focus of the goal. This includes increasing women’s access to health care.
So there they are. Kind of a good overview of what needs fixing in the world. The “why” of some of these problems or most of them is complex. But admitting you have a problem is the first step on the road to recovery, isnt it?