Less than 1,000 Days to Achieve 2015 Targets

In releasing the 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon indicated that the “MDGS have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history.”  Among significant achievements is the fact that the number of people living in extreme poverty has halved.  However, 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty.  Steady progress has been made towards equal access of girls and boys to education, but more targeted action is needed in many regions

Now with less than 1,000 days to the 2015 target for achieving the MDGs there is still work to be done.  Children from poor households are still three times more likely to be out of school than children from richer households. Poverty and lack of education leave people vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking.

ACRATH has been advocating for some time for Australia to meet its commitment to the MDGs.  In 2000 Australia committed to increasing it overseas aid to 0.05% of Gross National Income by 2015.  This target has been delayed in an effort to bring the Federal Budget back into surplus.  We invite ACRATH supporters to let their local Federal Member of Parliament know they are concerned Australia is not on target to meet its MDG commitment.

Download a copy of the 2013 Millennium Development Goals Report here.

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