What Concrete Steps Can We Take To Help Overcome Obstacles To Meeting the MDGs?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 17, 2010
A Call to Action on the Millennium Development Goals

World leaders will be meeting in New York September 20 to 22 to discuss how to accelerate progress toward meeting the 2015 deadline for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight goals call for (1) eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; (2) achieving universal primary education; (3) promoting gender equality and empowering women; (4) reducing child mortality; (5) improving maternal health; (6) combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; (7) ensuring environmental sustainability; and (8) developing a global partnership for development.

The United States fully embraces these goals. As we move toward the September meeting, it is critical that we take stock of what we have learned.

We know that historic rates of progress are possible, particularly when political leaders are committed to good governance, to pursuing economic growth, and to making investments in their citizens. We know that development assistance can yield impressive results in fighting disease, boosting agricultural productivity, educating citizens, and empowering civil society; yet while essential, aid cannot bring about development in the absence of domestic policies and international flows of trade, investment, skills, and ideas that create opportunities for lasting economic growth. We know that sustained development outcomes depend on partnership, with local institutions and communities in charge, supported with the tools they need to find solutions and transform their destinies. And we know that the road ahead is likely to be challenging, with poor governance, conflict, and social exclusion as major impediments to reaching those suffering from poverty and lacking access to basic services.

What concrete steps can we take to help overcome these obstacles and meet the MDGs?

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HELEN L.
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Canada
September 18, 2010

Helen K.L. in Canada writes:

I THINK THIS WAS ADDRESSED WITH THE UNITED NATIONS; WHEN BRIAN MULRONEY WAS PRIME .MINISTER OF CANADA. SOOOO HOW FAR HAVE YOU COME FROM THAT POINT IN TIME UNTIL NOW. HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU SPEND/

Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
September 18, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

Well Hello, DipNote Community And Sec.Hillary Clinton. __:)

Lets See,Achieving The Millenium Development Goals.

First: I think Everyone's Countries are doing a Good Job at Working together this year on these Goals.

Second:If you all can continue working together the way you have so far this year i think ,that would be a good Start.:)

Third: I can only say too,continue to do the best you can and don't give up when things Get Tough. Your Citizen like me, will do our best too,support your efforts in achieving these goals.

There is on thing that we need to work on, that is getting our Civilian and Government groups more organized in working together.
I think we need more open communications, so both side know what the other is doing in getting the food and supplies to the people were helping.

Anyways, keep working towards achieving your Goals and thinking positive, and things can only get Better.:)

See YA _Guys And Hillary :):)

Ron
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New York, USA
September 19, 2010

Ron in New York writes:

MDG's... DOA....

The UNGA will come and go with no substantive outcomes for MDG progress. The worst part will be the absolution of human rights violators who will vie for top donor positions at the expense of justice. If the member states want to acheive global goals for the poor....they need only to return trillions in stolen funds
by their respective financial institutions.

Flavius
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Virginia, USA
September 21, 2010

Flavius in Virginia writes:

The first thing you can do is extend your deadline a thousand years, because we've been trying to do these things for at least five millenia and we still aren't even close. Millenium Development Goals! Who comes up with this stuff anyway?

DipNote Bloggers reply: Flavius -- check out today's UK Guardian; they quote you! Email us at blogs@state.gov if you'd like the link.

OysterCracker
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United States
September 20, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

Yeah, they can start with returning all the gold bars that were stolen back to Fort Knox not the gold dipped Tungsten ones they tried to pawn off to China.

Gavin B.
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 20, 2010

Gavin B. in Washington DC writes:

OMB Watch has sent a letter to Secretary Clinton calling for aid transparency to support progress toward realizing the MDGs. As the letter explains, "To achieve the MDGs by 2015, we need to know what actions are being taken and what results are being seen. This requires donor countries, such as the United States, to provide full disclosure of aid flow and activities."

I hope that the U.S. will call for increased aid transparency at the MDG Summit. Further ideas to improve aid transparency are detailed in the letter, which is available here: "http://www.ombwatch.org/node/11280"

Oystercracker
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United States
September 20, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

Companies should be pooled. They should pay into an educational fund (Like a tax for being allowed to do business in a country) and that money should be used to build an architecturally beautiful, inexpensive (Tin roof and concrete) school equipped with well qualified teachers. The money for education should be managed by 3 frugal accountants who require a receipt for every book, ball and pencil. As pooled money from industry grows so does the school's curriculum. Money can be put aside for each student's higher education. Graduating students can get this money if they teach in a rural school for one year thereby ensuring a constant teacher pool for a developing country.

OysterCracker
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United States
September 20, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

Hear!Hear! or is it Here! Here! I second what Flavius wrote.

Bob K.
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Illinois, USA
September 20, 2010

Bob K. in Illinois writes:

How about the State Department opening its doors to others than those who are politically connected. It is not only the powerful and those with clout who may have a good idea.

In fact, we have program requests from Africa, Latin America, Haiti and India, and have been trying for months to present our organization to the State Department to no avail. Phone calls and e-mails have been ignored. As an Illinois organization we have also tried to work through Senator Durbin's office. However those phone calls and e-mails have also been ignored.

Ron
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New York, USA
September 21, 2010

Ron in New York writes:

MDG....More Devious Governance

MDG's and the global techtonics of poverty reduction provide a framework for mega-corruption and self-serving beyond the scope of "oil-for-food". Feed the Hungry...House the Homeless...Heal the Sick...pay for it because that's your job.

Jiesheng
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Singapore
September 21, 2010

Jiesheng in Singapore writes:

Step One: Stop all neo-liberal policies which has harmed the poor.

J.C. P.
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Iowa, USA
September 21, 2010

J.C.P. in Iowa writes:

Eliminate bio-fuels, they undermine both the GCCI and the FTF.

Ivan C.
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United States
September 21, 2010

Ivan C. in the U.S.A. writes:

The people of rich nations must support the concept of the MDGs AND previous promises to donate 0.7% of GNI. The US people are mislead into believing that the US is the most generous nation whereas we are, as Pres Carter said many years ago, the stingiest of the developed world. Both Clintons must apologise for the US giving only 0.2% of its GNI and the people must support our adherance to our past promises. We need to multiply our aid by 4 or 5 to equal the generosity of leading European nations.

Ashim C.
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India
September 22, 2010

Ashim K.C. in India writes:

How one wishes housing was specifically mentioned as MDG goal... habitat is a fundamental condition for other goals.... may be it is hidden insome other goals

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