Posts Tagged ‘Millennium Development Goals’

Social Good Summit, Today, Tomorrow, Monday

Start Autumn by dipping into the Social Good Summit, happening now at the United Nations, but available for you to join in online from the comfort of your home. Make a difference in the world, and our reaching the Millennium Development Goals, by just hitting “SEND”

Happy International Volunteer Day–How Are You Celebrating?

Today, December 5, is International Volunteer Day. In addition to rallies, free medical care events, celebrations, and community gatherings, today is especially poignant in the volunteer world, because it marks the tenth anniversary of the 2001 International Year of the Volunteer (so the United Nations is calling today, IYV +10). It also corresponds with the European Year of the Volunteer, so the ripples in the pond are global…ripples that come from YOU making a difference at home or when you travel (or both).

If you’re looking for a new volunteer gig, here is a list of international organizations partnering with the U.N. to further the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Or go out your front door. Just find a way, today especially, to be larger than your own skin. And celebrate the hard work you’ve already been doing. And by the way–thank you for doing that, and thank you for what you’re about to take on.

Millennium Development Goals thus far…

This mostly good news is from the Gates Foundation

  • MDG Report Card and Development Progress Stories

    In 2000, every member of the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight time-bound, measurable goals across a range of health and development outcomes.

    As the world recognizes the ten-year anniversary of the MDGs, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has published two reports that analyze progress against these goals, and highlight advances in development efforts.

    The first, MDG Report Card: Measuring Progress Across Countries, provides a country-by-country analysis of progress toward meeting the MDGs, and flags inequities and uneven progress.

    The second, Development Progress Stories, is a series of case studies that highlight progress in different countries, as well as key lessons about what has worked in development, and why.

    Key Findings:

    The six case studies released today analyze a range of achievements. Highlights include:

    • Bangladesh – Remarkable improvements in health across the board: notably, dramatic reductions in infant and child mortality rates, increased immunization coverage and a rise in life expectancy.
    • Costa Rica – Pioneer in environmental conservation and most notably in the preservation of its forest ecosystems. Ranked third—the highest ranked developing country—on the 2010 Environmental Performance Index.
    • El Salvador – Remarkable progress in achieving relative peace and security, as well as improving the effectiveness of government, since the end of the end of a 12-year civil war.
    • Ethiopia – Tackling demand and supply constraints to schooling: access to education has improved significantly. Primary enrolment has risen to 15.5 million, an increase of over 500%.
    • Ghana – Sustained progress in agricultural productivity and poverty reduction. Ghana is ranked among the top five performers in the world in agricultural growth and is largely self-sufficient in staple foods. It will achieve MDG 1 before 2015. (Read more about Ghana’s success.)
    • Vietnam – Impressive growth with poverty reduction: 20 years ago Vietnam was amongst the poorest countries in the world and is now set to join the ranks of middle-income countries by 2011.

    Download the full report:

    MDG Report Card: Measuring Progress Across Countries
    (PDF, 18.3MB, 118 pages)

    The report and case studies are also available on ODI’s Development Progress Stories website at


Today is the start of the G8 and G20 summits of world leaders about sustaining global economies and course correction for achieving the lofty and laudable Millennium Development Goals (including halting the global HIV/AIDS crisis, ending poverty worldwide, providing universal education, achieving gender equality, improving child and maternal health, increasing environmental sustainability, and creating a global partnership).

At each year’s summit meetings (this year in Ontario, Canada), protesters raise their voices outside the meetings, but we can all assert our priorities that we’d like leaders of the world’s nations to heed. With all the “8” and “20” talk, I’m pretty fond of another number: ONE. Pop over to the website for ONE (an activity I recommend doing with some regularity to check on the most recent issues) and learn more about some of the global priorities and progress. There, you’ll find a petition to the leaders of the G8/G20 to try and secure a promise to train and recruit 3.5 million healthworkers to make sure no mother ever has to give birth alone.

From the ONE web petition (sign here):


The facts are shocking: Every year more than 300,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth; 3.6 million children die within their first month of life; and 5.2 million more die before they reach 5 years of age.

On June 25, 2010, G8 leaders will meet to sign onto a new maternal and child health initiative. ONE is asking for a commitment to recruit and train 3.5 million additional healthcare workers as part of a comprehensive package to help mothers and children in the developing world.