These goals are too powerful to let go of!
In this piece, Hope Bursts Through, from the Ottawa Citizen, Sachs discusses progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. He does not talk specifically about MDG5 (the focus of this blog), but he does talk about the goals in general terms. He outlines the ways in which governments have not lived up to their commitments—but also writes passionately about the ways in which the Millennium Development Goals have changed the course of global poverty reduction (for the better).
He writes, “Perhaps the most remarkable fact of all about the struggle against extreme poverty is that 10 years later, the MDGs remain vivid, powerful, and a spur to action a decade after their adoption. In a world riven by war, hate, and environmental threats, the glory of shared goals to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people is simply too powerful and compelling to let go.”
He pushes for targeted investments, partnerships between rich and poor countries and for governments to follow through on the commitments they made at the Millennium Summit in 2000.
Read the full article here.
Jeffrey Sachs is the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Read his bio here.
What do you think about Sachs’ piece? Comments?