De­vel­op­ment goals to tackle ex­treme Poverty

Halifax Courier - - This Week In Court -

The United Na­tions has pub­lished its fi­nal progress re­port on the Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals. These were set in 2000 and out­lined sev­eral tar­gets to tackle ex­treme poverty in its many forms through­out the world, to be achieved by 2015. The goals fo­cused on ar­eas such as ex­treme hunger and poverty, re­duc­ing child and ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity, pro­mot­ing gen­der equal­ity and achiev­ing uni­ver­sal pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion. Whilst the re­port cel­e­brates the many suc­cesses of the agenda, it ac­knowl­edges the un­even progress for cer­tain groups in so­ci­ety, such as those in poverty, women and girls, those liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas and those with dis­abil­i­ties. The re­port states that many of the tar­gets have been met, and cites that be­tween 1990 and 2015 the num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing in ex­treme poverty glob­ally dropped by more than half, from 1.9 bil­lion to 836 mil­lion. In South­ern Asia the ra­tio of girls to boys in pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion rose from 74 girls per 100 boys to 103 girls per 100 boys. Whilst the sit­u­a­tion has im­proved markedly in ar­eas such as the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in de­ci­sion mak­ing bod­ies, it ac­knowl­edges that there is still a long way to go in achiev­ing the over­all aims. It is en­cour­ag­ing to know that there is a con­cern world­wide for all those peo­ple fac­ing dif­fi­cult and chal­leng­ing con­di­tions and mea­sures are in place to try to rec­tify some of these sit­u­a­tions. How­ever, we must not be com­pla­cent but con­tinue to sup­port those agen­cies which are do­ing some re­mark­able work in cri­sis sit­u­a­tions. The mes­sage of Je­sus is to love our neigh­bours and to care for the poor and needy. We have a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity to help to re­lieve suf­fer­ing and pro­vide for those who have noth­ing. We can all do some­thing how­ever small that might be.

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