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I have always felt called to help my neighbors and as a citizen of the Earth everyone is my neighbor. I would like to see a day when everyone is able to live with dignity which requires they be able to have adequate food, water, shelter, education, and health care. These are precisely the objectives that the Millennial Development Goals are working towards and I wholeheartedly support them.

Over the next few months I will talk about each MDG to share the progress that has been made and where we need to continue striving for better.

Millennial Development Goal #1  is Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger.

Target 1.A Halve between 1990 and 2015 the proportion of people whose incomes is less than $1.25 a day.

  • “The world reached the MDG target—of halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty—five years ahead of the 2015 deadline.”

  • “Some regions, such as Eastern Asia and SouthEastern Asia, have met the target of halving the extreme poverty rate, whereas other regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, still lag behind. According to World Bank projections, sub-Saharan Africa will be unlikely to meet the target by 2015.” (MDG Report 2014 Pg. 9)

Target 1.B Acheive full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people.

  • “In 2013, global economic growth slowed to its lowest rate since 2009. The weak and uneven global economic recovery continued to take its toll on labour markets, particularly in the developing world.” (MDG Report 2014 Pg. 10)

Target 1.C Halve between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.

  • “Hunger continues to decline, but major efforts are needed to achieve the hunger target globally by 2015.”

  • “A total of 842 million people, or about one in eight people in the world, were estimated to be suffering from chronic hunger in 2011–2013.” “Meeting the target, therefore, will require considerable— and immediate—additional effort, especially in countries which have showed little headway.” (MDG Report 2014 Pg. 12)

Millennial Development Goals 2014 Report

As I began writing this post about the Millennial Development Goals the old argument of “we have people who need help here, so why are you worried about helping people from other places?” kept coming to my mind and stopping my progress on the post. So here at the beginning of the blog it is a good time to set down why it is important to me.

  • To me the world is my community, not just one city, state, or country. I was raised in Imsbach, Germany for a few years and have visited 13 countries so far in my life. I know that humans are more alike throughout the world than we are different.

  • Additionally this blog demonstrates that the world is my community by being only a few months old, but already having readers coming from Morocco, Germany, the U.K., and Canada.

  • Trying to divide the world is what has lead us to many of the problems that we face now. Working together is the only thing that will truly get us out of it.

Let me also state that my support for the MDG does not stop me from supporting the communities I live in:

  • I keep food and water in my car to distribute to people holding cardboard signs asking for help.

  • I donate to organizations such as the Roadrunner Food Bank, the NM Animal Humane, and the OFFCenter Community Arts Project.

I also support the organizations of: Grameen Bank, Heifer International, the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund, and Doctors without Borders to name a few.

Join the conversation; your thoughts are welcome!