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Title: The Millennium Development Goals: The Significance of Civil Society Universal Peace Federation


1
The MillenniumDevelopment GoalsThe
Significance ofCivil SocietyUniversal Peace
Federation
2
In September 2000, the UN General Assembly
proclaimed the Millennium Declaration which
identified 8 Millennium Development Goals to be
achieved by 2015.
3
Goal 1 Eradicate Extreme
Poverty
  • Reduce by 50 the number of people
    whose income is less
  • than a 1 a day
  • Reduce by 50 the
  • number of people
  • who suffer from
  • hunger

4
Goal 2 Achieve Universal
Primary Education
  • Ensure that children everywhere, boys and girls
  • alike, will be able to complete a full course
    of
  • primary schooling

5
Goal 3 Promote
GenderEquality and Empower Women
  • Eliminate
  • gender disparity
  • in primary
  • and secondary
  • schools and
  • in all levels of
  • education

6
Goal 4 Reduce Child
Mortality
  • Reduce by 66 the mortality rate for children
    under five

7
Goal 5 Improve
Maternal Health
  • Reduce by 75 the maternal mortality rate

8
Goal 6 Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other
Diseases
  • Reduce by 50 the spread of HIV/AIDS
  • Reduce by 50 the incidence of
  • malaria and other major diseases

9
Goal 7 Ensure Environmental Sustainability
  • Promote sustainable development and reverse the
    loss of
  • environmental resources
  • Reduce by 50 the number of people without
    access to drinking
  • water
  • Provide significant improvement in the lives of
    at least
  • 100 million slum dwellers

10
Goal 8 Develop Global Partnerships for
Development
  • promote good governance, fiscal responsibility
  • address special needs of least developed
    countries, land-
  • locked and small island developing
    countries, for medicine, youth
    employment, debt elimination, etc.
  • make available new technologies

11
"At a time when more than 1 billion people are
denied the very minimum requirements of human
dignitythe private sector must work with
govern-ments and other actors to tackle the
interlocking crises of hunger, disease,
environmental degradation and conflict that are
holding back the developing world.
Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan
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  • We must supplement formal institutions with
    informal policy networks, bringing together
    international institutions, civil society and
    private-sector organizations, and national
    governments, in pursuit of common goals.
  • Former Secretary-General Kofi
    Annan,
  • We the Peoples The Role of
    the
  • United Nations in the 21st
    Century

13
  • We stand at the midpoint of the race to achieve
    the Millennium Development Goals. A strong and
    sustained effort now can mean the difference
    between the success and failure of our grand
    endeavor. Needless to say, millions of lives
    quite literally hang in the balance.
  • UN Secretary-General Ban
    Ki-Moon

14
The Crucial Need for Civil Society to Work with
UN Institutions
  • The time has come for the United Nations to
    outline its working relationship with civil
    society organizations. It is very important.
  • H.E. Anwarul K.
    Chaudhury
  • Former
    Undersecretary-General, UN

15
Definition of Civil Society
  • Civil Society refers to the arena of
  • voluntary collective action around
  • shared interests, purposes and values.
  • It commonly embraces a diversity of spaces,
    actors and institutional forms, varying in their
    degree of formality, autonomy and power.

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Partnerships Beyond Track I Efforts
  • Track I governments
  • Track II intergovernmental and international
    organizations
  • Track III Civil Society, NGOs, faith-based
    organizations, voluntary associations, grass
    roots organizations, etc.

17
Broadened, Non-Traditional Definitions of Core
Concepts
  • Security expands the traditional concept of
    security as protection of a nation-states
    population from external invasion, to include
    quality of life, political freedom, education,
    rights hence, human security.

18
Broadened, Non-Traditional Definitions of Core
Concepts
  • Development expands the concept of development
    as economic aid, to include quality of life,
    education, capacities-building, moral
    development, governance, leadership,
    interdependence, environmental sustainability
    hence, human development.

19
Broadened, Non-Traditional Definitions of Core
Concepts
  • Peace expands the concept of peace as the
    absence of war, to include peace within the
    individual, the family, community, society, among
    religions and nations hence, a comprehensive
    vision of peace

20
Strengths of Civil Society/UPF
  • Innovative and flexible
  • Grass roots involvement
  • Volunteerism
  • Moral/spiritual commitment
  • Digitally advanced communications

21
Limitations of Civil Society/UPF
  • Non-state actors Lacking the power of
    governments
  • Authority/legitimacy not grounded in democratic
    process
  • Represent limited, special interests

22
Ways in which UPF cancontribute to the
achievement of MDGs
23
UPF Core Objectives
  • Encourage and facilitate partnerships among
    diverse sectors the United Nations,
    governments, NGOs, religions, the private sector
    to promote peace, human development, and good
    governance grounded in universal values.
  • Develop a global culture of service
  • Promote interreligious cooperation
  • Contribute to the achievement of the MDGs

24
EducationImpact on MDG 2 and 3
  • Character
  • education
  • Moral
  • development
  • Work ethic
  • Literacy
  • programs

25
HIV/AIDS Prevention Impact on MDG 6
  • Programs to raise
  • awareness about
  • HIV/AIDS trans-
  • mission
  • Abstinence education
  • Marriage and family
  • education

26
Strengthening Marriage and
Family Impact MDG 1, 2,
5 and 6
  • Stability of society
  • Reduced crime
  • Reduced HIV/AIDS
  • Gender partnership
  • Economic
  • empowerment

27
ServiceImpact on MDG 1, 5, 6, and 7
  • Service projects for the disadvantaged
  • Service learning

28
Interreligious CooperationImpact on MDG 8
  • Partners with UN,
  • governments in
  • achievement of
  • MDGs
  • Grassroots
  • mechanism
  • to contribute to
  • MDGs

29
Leadership and Good Governance
Impact on MDG 8
  • Principled
  • leadership
  • Partnership with
  • civil society
  • and the
  • private sector

30
True Leadership and Good Governance Basis for
Achieving MDGs
  • Rooted in good moral character
  • Universal, spiritual vision
  • Centered on unselfishness
  • Compassionate responsible
  • Parental leadership
  • Service leadership
  • Passion for goodness

31
How Can I Help?
  • Be Informed
  • Raise awareness
  • Tell your friends, family
  • Hold MDG events concerts, competitions, debates,
    films, screenings
  • Educate policy makers

32
How Can I Help?
  • Be a part of the big picture
  • Support and participate in MDG and national
    campaigns
  • Work with regional and international civil
    society networks
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