Monday, 21 December 2009

1 world: 1 goal


In September of 2000, world leaders gathered at the UN headquarters in New York to discuss what the UN’s role should be in the new millennium.

The result of this meeting was the United Nations Millennium Declaration. From this declaration, the General Assembly derived eight goals aimed at raising the quality of life of people around the globe.

The following are the Millennium Development Goals:

• Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
• Achieve universal primary education
• Promote gender equality and empower women
• Reduce child mortality
• Improve maternal health
• Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
• Ensure environmental sustainability
• Develop a Global Partnership for Development

Running a parallel course is another campaign. A campaign aimed at bolstering support for one particular goal; a goal that is believed to be the foundation stone to achieving many of the others.

Primary education for all. For free.

There are currently 75 million children around the world who are not in school. The positive effects of educating these children would reverberate through their communities, nations and the world. There would be a sharp and immediate drop in deaths from diseases like HIV and malaria, and the effect on domestic economies would be immense. It would alleviate the lives of millions who live in extreme poverty and open up a world of opportunity for so many for whom the future is a dark, hard place.

1 Goal is the brain child of the Global Campaign for Education in partnership with FIFA and championed by Queen Rania of Jordan. The aim is to amass 30 million signatures in support of the universal right to education by the close of the final game of the 2010 World Cup.

30 million signatures to demand world leaders fulfil the commitment they made when they signed up to the Millennium Development Goals.

The numbers are compelling. It would cost $11 billion to provide the world’s children with one year’s primary education. This roughly equals the amount of money spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in one month. It is also what Americans spend on their pets in three months.

1 Goal is not asking for money, rather it is leveraging the solidarity of sport to create a platform for collective advocacy. As millions around the world tune in to watch their teams compete, FIFA and 1 Goal will be encouraging every football fan to sign up to the petition.

Queen Rania used her speech at this month’s LeWeb 2009 conference to issue a call to action to bloggers, tweeters and all users of social media to use the power of the net to spread the word about 1 Goal.

In September 2010, the General Assembly will convene to review the progress made towards achieving the Millennium Goals. 1 Goal will be there on behalf of its global ‘team’ to remind them of their promises.

Let’s all be a part of it.

11 comments:

  1. Education for all, something the world needs and the sad part the cost is not prohibitive. Countries spend on arms and weapons billions and billions, but will not spend a fraction of that on education. Primary education is not sufficient, it is a good start, but in a knowledge base economy and environment, secondary education and beyond should be the goal.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for your comment Oussama, I agree with you completely! It would be such an achievement to be able to provide children with education until they are 16.

    I hope that we see this one day.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi there! Nice post! Please tell us when I will see a follow up!
    rak offshore company

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love your blog! Thanks for keeping us inspired. This is a great post! Keep writing. It’s always a pleasure to read about wiser and more experienced blogger! Thank you
    cheap massage dubai
    dubai best massage
    massage service in dubai
    best massage in dubai
    dubai massage

    ReplyDelete
  5. It's a really superb article, on a different aspect. Thanks for sharing..!!
    Keep sharing useful information..!! I'm waiting for other articles too..!!
    Mattress cleaning Dubai
    How to clean mattress UAE
    Dust mites treatment UAE
    How to get rid of bed bugs Dubai UAE
    How to remove bed bugs Dubai UAE
    How to eliminate bed bugs Dubai UAE

    ReplyDelete
  6. Do you need Personal Loan?
    Business Cash Loan?
    Unsecured Loan
    Fast and Simple Loan?
    Quick Application Process?
    Approvals within 24-72 Hours?
    No Hidden Fees Loan?
    Funding in less than 1 Week?
    Get unsecured working capital?
    Contact Us At :majidvijahlending@gmail.com

    LOAN SERVICES AVAILABLE INCLUDE:
    ================================
    *Commercial Loans.
    *Personal Loans.
    *Business Loans.
    *Investments Loans.
    *Development Loans.
    *Acquisition Loans .
    *Construction loans.
    *Business Loans And many More:

    LOAN APPLICATION FORM:
    =================
    Full Name:................
    Loan Amount Needed:.
    Purpose of loan:.......
    Loan Duration:..
    Gender:.............
    Marital status:....
    Location:..........
    Home Address:..
    City:............
    Country:......
    Phone:..........
    Mobile / Cell:....
    Occupation:......
    Monthly Income:....

    Contact Us At :majidvijahlending@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. Girls are going so famous in Dubai now..
    last time i was in Dubai and meet with the Most amazing Indian Escorts in Dubai. Dxb Royals is the most Honest Agency in Dubai with the Cute girl you must Visit Dxb Royals
    Pakistani Escorts in Dubai
    Escorts in Dubai

    ReplyDelete