Friday, 25 January 2013

Raleigh contributing to the UN Millenium Development Goals

In 2000, 189 nations adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration at the Millennium Summit. The Declaration committed the nations to a new global partnership to meet the world's development needs and set out eight targets, known as the Millennium Development Goals. The target date is 2015, when the international community will again come together and consider progress made.

The goals are:
1 Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2 Achieve universal primary education
3 Promote gender equality and empower women
4 Reduce child mortality
5 Improve maternal mortality
6 Combat HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseases
7 Ensure environmental sustainability
8 Develop a global partnership for development

Why do they matter
The goals represent human needs and basic rights that every individual around the world should be able to enjoy—freedom from extreme poverty and hunger; quality education, productive and decent employment, good health and shelter; the right of women to give birth without risking their lives; and a world where environmental sustainability is a priority, and women and men live in equality.
If the goals were to be achieved by 2015:
• 500 million people will be lifted out of poverty

• 300 million people will no longer suffer from hunger

• 350 million fewer people will live without access to safe drinking water

• 650 million fewer people will live without basic sanitation

For the billion-plus living in poverty, the achievement of the goals represents an escape from their abject living conditions and the means to a productive life.

How Raleigh contributes
The work that Raleigh is doing with its partner communities in Costa Rica and Nicaragua contribute to the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals. For example, in Expedition 13A our Venturers will be:
      Building a health centre in Conte Burika, a remote community in south eastern Costa Rica, contributing to Goals 4, 5 and 6.
      Creating a gravity fed water system to provide clean water in Achuapa - Matapalo, northern Nicaragua, contributing to Goals 4,5, 6 and 7.
      Clearing old prison buildings in San Lucas, an island in western Costa Rica, to create a nature reserve, contributing to Goal 7.
      Building a pre-school in San Ramon-Siares, a community in Nicaragua, contributing to Goals 2 and 3.
Clean and safe water: MDGs 4,5,6 and 7
As discussed during the Raleigh Project Framework blog, the issues we are facing globally are complex but the work Raleigh International undertake and will be continuing throughout expedition 13A and beyond, are postively impacting the communities we work with. To find out more visit the UN MDG webpage by clicking here >

Today's blog was written by Vanessa Glynn, 13As Administrator, whose wealth of knowledge is educating us all at Fieldbase with her 28 years of experience in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The Scottish Government and European Union.

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