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Millennium Goals of the United Nations


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The Millennium Development Goals were initiated by the UN and adopted in 2000 by the largest gathering of world leaders in history. The aim of the initiative was to implement a blueprint set to reduce extreme poverty around the world by 50% before the end of 2015. The Millennium Development Goals agreed upon by world leaders include:

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

  2. Achieve universal primary education

  3. Promote gender equality and empower women

  4. Reduce child mortality

  5. Improve maternal health

  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

  7. Ensure environmental sustainability

  8. Develop a global partnership for development

In a report Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals by a task force of the UN Millennium Project, Africa was identified as the continent with the greatest need of MDG investments due to the following reasons:

  • Very high transport costs and small markets

  • Low-productivity agriculture

  • Very high disease burden

  • Ahistory of adverse geopolitics

  • Very slow diffusions of technology from abroad

Under the topic The Millennium Goals of the United Nations: 2000-2015 Already Failed at Halftime in Africa ? a discussion panel at the Africa festival Wuerzburg presented views and opinions on the present economic situation of Africa as well as the development aids politic. There was a heated debate on the issue of financial aid and the concept of the up-coming G8-conference taking place at Heiligendamm , Germany (6-8 June 2007). While a member of the panel would like to stop every form of financial aid for Africa, another finds financial aid necessary but economic partnership even more appropriate in supporting development efforts in African countries. A member of the audience pointed out that the activities of the Chinese in Africa should be monitored carefully. According to the speaker, the Chinese could become the new colonial masters. Africa Festival Wuerzburg report>     videos at Afritopic TV Videos








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