MDGs: You make the call
Now is your chance to have a say at the U.N.
Jeff Sachs’ Millennium Project has produced a draft report of its Global Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals and it is open for public comment until Nov. 1. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and U.N. Development Programme chief Mark Mallach Brown asked Sachs to honcho ten task forces with 250 experts to formulate a game plan for achieving the eight ambitious MDGs by 2015. The final report is to be delivered to the SG in January.
Although the MDGs have gained little political traction in Washington, many outside the United States are utilizing the education, health, environment, poverty, hunger, and governance targets to set agendas, leverage resources, and in the case of some NGOs, hold national governments accountable for the targets they signed up for at the 2000 Millennium Summit. Not many are optimistic about meeting goals like halving the proportion of people without access to clean water by 2015. But we lose nothing by trying, so bring it on.