Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Campaign to End World poverty

The Obama Administration has unveiled the United States’ plan for meeting the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, eight ambitious targets aimed at reducing global poverty and disease by 2015. These targets include cutting extreme poverty in half; reducing by two-thirds the mortality rate for children under age 5; and providing primary and secondary education to all children regardless of gender.
The U.S. plan features four principles for reaching those targets: innovation, sustainability, tracking development outcomes and mutual accountability
The strategy also outlines the elements critical to achieving these principles, according to a report on the plan by ONE, a grassroots campaign and advocacy organization committed to reducing extreme poverty and preventable diseases, particularly in Africa. For example, the plan identifies good governance and broad-based economic growth as critical to achieving sustainable poverty reduction and preserving development gains already achieved. Investing in local capacity to strengthen service delivery is also included as a key component of sustainability, as is the empowerment of women and girls and the mainstreaming of gender into core development efforts.
The plan comes before the United Nations’ meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, planned for September.

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