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Is the UN Meeting its Goals to Help the World’s Poor?

Is the UN Meeting its Goals to Help the World’s Poor?

The UN General Assembly met this week in New York City to discuss how to accelerate efforts to meet its 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals. The eight goals were established in 2000 and agreed to by all countries to serve as a road map for helping the world’s poor.

Progress has been made on many fronts according to the latest UN report. Since 1990, half as many people are living in extreme poverty, 2.1 billion more people have access to clean drinking water, and the proportion of undernourished people in developing regions has decreased from 23 to 15 percent.

However gaps remain. The child mortality rate for children under age five had dropped by 41 percent 25 percent short of the goal. Maternal deaths have declined by 47 percent, but the target is 75 percent.

Millennium Goal 8, which calls for a global partnership for development, is in many ways responsible for making all the other goals achievable. Toward this end, developed countries have provided economic assistance that includes aid ($26.2 billion to Sub Saharan Africa in 2012), debt forgiveness and duty free market access for developing country exports.

Aid for Africa’s members are making contributions toward this goal at the grassroots level as well. Through partnerships among them, and with their African partners on the ground, our members are making a difference in the lives of millions of people by empowering thousands to start their own businesses, planting millions of trees, providing more than a million people with clean drinking water, helping thousands of children attend school, protecting wildlife and much more.Learn what they have accomplished in 2012 alone.

Aid for Africa is an alliance of 85 U.S.-based nonprofits and their African partners who help children, families, and communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Aid for Africas grassroots programs focus on health, education, economic development, arts & culture, conservation, and wildlife protection in Africa.

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Photo: Millennium Development Goal 4 is to reduce child mortality. Thanks to Aid for Africa member Tostan, 38 Malian communities now ensure that children are vaccinated against preventable diseases.

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4:49PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Much has been accomplished in recent years to end hunger and poverty but we can do better next year. We are getting closer to understanding technology on such a scale and with so much ease and comfort that a switch to technocracy and global resource based economy becomes an increasingly likely possibility every day.

1:49AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

The UN just does not really give 2beans about the poor and neither does the Obama Administration. Instead of helping the poor in America, Obama is gravely reducing the SNAP program, while food costs are steadily on the rise.

6:44AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

There's still more to be done. Let's hope the UN steps up its efforts... and soon.

5:11PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

letsdomore!

3:15PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

thanks

2:11PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

thank you

7:27AM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

STOP SENDING AID......
THEY LIVE LEGALLY AND ILLEGALY EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD...EXCEPT AFRICAOR ASIA....
WE ARE PAYING ALREADY...

THEY EITHER KEEP AID AND WE SEND THEM BACK HOME AND REFUSE TO HAVE MORE IN OUR COUNTRIES...OR WE STOP AID...

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH...OUR PEOPLE SHOULD COME FIRST NOW

4:47AM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

Let's hope so.

8:44PM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

This vexes me

1:01PM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

good ?

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