Written By: Ashley Macey
Fourteen years ago the United Nations and its 189 member states sat down at a table in New York City to discuss the role of the United Nations as it approached the twenty-first century. After two days of presentations, debates, and spirited discussions a consensus was reached on eight Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015.
With 189 countries voluntarily committed to causes such as the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and the provision of universal primary school education many people began to look hopeful towards the future of developing countries.
Yet, here we are fourteen years later with at least 30 countries that have more than 30% of their population living below the national poverty line of $1US or $2US per day. Although the UN and its affiliate countries have invested into the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger through specific programs and initiatives, the United Nations and its Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges almost weekly for the UN member states to invest more in the initiative they signed up for at the Millennium Summit. As Ban advocates, “this global Organization should not have to plead with Governments for troops, police, assets or resources while the victims of war and poverty suffer and die; […] I will urge world leaders to rise above national interests for our collective future.”
Although most member countries have put effort into staying true to their Millennium commitments, the question arises: how much of a priority is the eradication of poverty?
What do you think—are the member states making significant enough strides towards the Millennium Goals? We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments below or on Facebook!