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NGOs and the MDGs

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The Universal Peace Federation's contribution to advancing the UN Millennium Development Goals

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NGOs and the MDGs

  1. 1. The UN Millennium Development Goals: Civil Society Contributions Universal Peace Federation / www.UPF.org
  2. 2. In September 2000, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Millennium Declaration listing 8 Millennium Development Goals, which are to be achieved by 2015.
  3. 3. <ul><li>Reduce by 50% the number of people whose income is less than $1 a day. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce by 50% the number of people who suffer from hunger. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Ensure that children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Eliminate </li></ul><ul><li>gender disparity in primary and secondary schools and in all levels of education. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Reduce by 66% the mortality rate for children under five. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Reduce by 75% the maternal mortality rate. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Reduce by 50% the spread of HIV/AIDS. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce by 50% the incidence of malaria and other major diseases. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Promote sustainable development and reverse the loss of environmental resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce by 50% the number of people without access to drinking water. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Promote good governance and fiscal responsibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Address the special needs of least-developed countries, land-locked and small island developing countries, for medicine, youth employment, debt elimination, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Make available new technologies. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>In promoting the Millennium Development Goals at the beginning of the millennium, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The private sector must work with governments and other actors to tackle the interlocking crises of hunger, disease environmental degradation and conflict that are holding back the developing world. 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.” </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul><ul><li>UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>“ The time has come for the United Nations to outline its working relationship with civil society organizations. It is very important.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>H.E. Anwarul K. Chaudhury </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Former Under-Secretary-General, UN </li></ul></ul>The Crucial Need for Civil Society to Work with UN Bodies
  14. 14. <ul><li>The arena of voluntary collective action around shared interests, purposes and values. </li></ul><ul><li>Embraces a diversity of spaces, actors and institutional forms, varying in their degree of formality, autonomy and power. </li></ul>Defini tion of Civil Society
  15. 15. <ul><li>Track I: governments </li></ul><ul><li>Track II : intergovernmental and international organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Track III : Civil society, NGOs, faith-based organizations, voluntary associations, grass-roots organizations, etc. </li></ul>Partnerships Beyond “Track I” Government Programs
  16. 16. <ul><li>Not just protection of a nation-state’s population from external invasion but also quality of life, political freedom, education, rights: </li></ul><ul><li>Human security </li></ul>Broadened Definition of Security
  17. 17. <ul><li>N ot just economic aid but also quality of life, education, capacity-building, moral development, governance, leadership, interdependence, environmental sustainability: </li></ul><ul><li>Human development </li></ul>Broadened Definition of Development
  18. 18. <ul><li>Not just the absence of war but also harmony within the individual, the family, community, society, among religions and nations: </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive vision of peace </li></ul>Broadened Definition of Peace
  19. 19. <ul><li>Innovation and flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Grass-roots involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteerism </li></ul><ul><li>Moral/spiritual commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced digital communications </li></ul>Strengths of Civil Society
  20. 20. <ul><li>It lacks the power of governments. </li></ul><ul><li>Its authority and legitimacy are not grounded in a democratic process. </li></ul><ul><li>It often represents limited, special interests. </li></ul>Limitations of Civil Society
  21. 21. How UPF can contribute to the Millennium Development Goals
  22. 22. <ul><ul><li>Encourage and facilitate partnerships among the United Nations, governments, NGOs, religions, and the private sector to promote peace, human development, and good governance grounded in universal values. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a global culture of service. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote interreligious cooperation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These objectives advance the MDGs. </li></ul></ul>UPF’S CORE OBJECTIVES
  23. 23. <ul><li>Character development </li></ul><ul><li>Moral development </li></ul><ul><li>Disease prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening marriage and family </li></ul><ul><li>Gender partnership </li></ul>EDUCATION Promoting MDGs #2, 3, 5, & 6 by programs of
  24. 24. <ul><li>Service projects for the disadvantaged </li></ul><ul><li>Service learning </li></ul>SERVICE Impact on MDGs #1, 5, 6, & 7
  25. 25. <ul><li>Religious groups partnering with the UN, governments, and civil society to achieve MDGs </li></ul><ul><li>Grassroots mechanisms to contribute to MDGs </li></ul>INTERRELIGIOUS COOPERATION Impact on MDG #8
  26. 26. <ul><li>Leadership should be based on universal moral values. </li></ul><ul><li>Such leadership is necessary for healthy partnership among governments, civil society, and the private sector. </li></ul>LEADERSHIP AND GOOD GOVERNANCE Impact on MDG #8
  27. 27. <ul><li>Rooted in good moral character </li></ul><ul><li>Universal, spiritual vision </li></ul><ul><li>Centered on unselfishness </li></ul><ul><li>Compassionate & responsible </li></ul><ul><li>Parental leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Service leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Passion for goodness </li></ul>Principled Leadership and Good Governance: Basis for Achieving MDGs
  28. 28. <ul><li>Be informed. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell your friends, family, and associates; educate policy-makers. </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in programs and campaigns that help achieve the Millennium Development Goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Work with national and international civil society networks. </li></ul>How Can I Help?