With six years to go until the 2015 deadline to achieve most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), not enough progress has been made toward reaching them, says the UN’s 2009 Millennium Development Goals Report. The global economic and food crises, as well as the growing effects of climate change have not only exacerbated the slow progress, but also threaten to reverse previously-gained successes.
The General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting in Anaheim, California last week, overwhelmingly adopted a budget for the next three years that allots 0.7 percent of the Church’s non-government revenue to international-development programs that support the Millennium Development Goals.
At this weekend's IMF and World Bank spring meetings, Global ministers warned that the economic crisis risks derailing the MDGs and, in the closing communiqué, "urged donors to accelerate delivery of commitments to increase aid, and for us all to consider going beyond existing commitments." But, in the end, they did very little to provide immediate relief to the world's poorest.
Phew! What a couple of weeks it has been. World leaders have a habit of stirring up a lot of commotion whenever they get together, and last week was no exception. Rallies, protests, frantic blogging and a transport nightmare all made last week very interesting. I unintentionally encountered the protests on Wednesday evening, when I was trying to make my way home by bus via Liverpool Street.