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Millenium Development Goals: Finding Inspiration in Word, Image, and Song

Millenium Development Goal #7 Ensure environmental sustainability

The UN's Specific Intentions: (http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/)

Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources

Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water

Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020

Inspirational Images:

Inspirational Quotes:

"The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children." - German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Our ideals, laws and customs should be based on the proposition that each generation, in turn, becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on to the future." - Charles A. Lindbergh in New York Times Magazine, May 23, 1971

"The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired in value." - former United States President Theodore Roosevelt


Earth Team's Theme Song (by Earth Team)

Green Christmas (by Elf Cottage Elves)

The Miniature Earth (music by Yann Tiersen, video by Donella Meadows)

A Better Future (www.aBetterFuture.org)

Millenium Development Goal #8 Develop a global partnership for development

The UN's Specific Intentions: (http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/)

Develop further an open trading and financial system that is rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory, includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction— nationally and internationally

Address the least developed countries' special needs. This includes tariff- and quota-free access for their exports; enhanced debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries; cancellation of official bilateral debt; and more generous official development assistance for countries committed to poverty reduction

Address the special needs of landlocked and small island developing States

Deal comprehensively with developing countries' debt problems through national and international measures to make debt sustainable in the long term

In cooperation with the developing countries, develop decentand productive work for youth

In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries

In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies— especially information and communications technologies

Inspirational Images:

Inspirational Quotes:

"We have a moral obligation to help others and a moral duty to make sure our actions are effective." - United States President George W. Bush, address to UN General Assemby, 2005

"In my eyes, Americans as well as other tax payers are quite ready to show more generosity. But one must convince them that their generosity will bear fruit, that there will be results." - Paul Wolfowitz, former World Bank Group President

"In particular, there is a need for the multilateral and bilateral financial and development institutions to intensify efforts to imporove ODA targeting to the poor, coordination of aid and measurement of results." - Monterrey Consensus Statement


The Millenium Development Goals Anthem (by Tayo Tayo Rin)

Where is the Love? (Poverty Version) (music by Black Eyed Peas, video by YouTube user relaxing27)

Cry (music by Hillary Duff, video by YouTube user LittleHotaruChan)

Millenium Development Goal #4 Reduce child mortality

The UN's Specific Intentions: (http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/)

Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five.

Inspirational Images:

Global Infant Mortality Rates

Inspirational Quotes:

“I came here to show support for all the millions of people in the world who stand to benefit if the Millennium Development Goals are reached, especially the children who will be saved from malaria or Aids, who will grow up healthy, go to school and have the chance to earn their living and enjoy life.? - Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize

"There is a belief that the health MDGs are all about building health centres, ... whereas 55% of infant mortality is down to poor drinking water and hygiene - environmental issues.? - Ian Johnson

“The infant mortality rate is shameful, ... If you didn't know better, you'd think it's a statistic for a Third World country.? - Jay Williams

“It's pure nonsense that a state legislator would think there's nothing he can do to benefit Native Americans. The high infant mortality rate on reservations is due to devastating poverty. Yet the state has not passed any laws in the last several years that would boost any of the health or education programs within the reservation community. As for tribal sovereignty, the only time the state wants to recognize it is when it benefits the state, as in this instance when it allows Senator Napoli to opt out of an intelligent response.? - Charon Asetoyer


March of Dimes Mission Video (by March of Dimes Massachusetts Chapter)

Deep Calls to Deep - Ministry in Malawi (by WorldView International Christian organization) (www.worldviewinternational.org)

HereandThere.ca Benny Sanders brings goods to orphans in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala (by YouTube user gameplanpros)