The energy and story telling are inspiring. And you don't have to be in New York. Live streaming is here http://www.unfoundation.org/global-issues/millennium-development-goals/unweekdml.html. If you can't watch the streaming, a special media site has been set up here http://unweekmedia.com/ highlighting all that's happening through the course of the week.
Right now Oxfam are talking about maternal morbidity, a topic deeply close to my heart. During the time world leaders discuss programs for maternal and child health today, 1000 women will die in childbirth.
A mix of organizations and individuals sharing their stories are making the "world's to do list", the Millennium Development Goals, accessible to all of us. Yesterday's topics at the UN Foundation Mashable Digital Media Lounge at the 92nd St Y, brought home the power of story telling. Bloggers/writers take note. We have an enormous role to play in helping the world solve poverty, disease, maternal and child health, empowering and educating women. Step one is that we talk about the issues.
For example, tuberculosis, a disease we've known how to diagnose for 100 years, known how to treat successfully for 40-50 years, is still the leading cause of death for those with HIV/AIDS and a top killer across all parts of the developing world. And do you know what kills 1.5 million children a year? Diarrhea (World Health Organization). Elizabeth Gore of the UN Foundation said yesterday "I wish there was a rock star against diarrhea." That seems to be what it takes to be heard.
So what are the Millennium Development Goals, or the world's to do list as quoted from the UN Foundation?
"The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development targets set forth by the United Nations. Adopted by world leaders in the year 2000 and set to be achieved by 2015, the MDGs seek to spur development by improving social and economic conditions in the world’s poorest countries."
1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2: Achieve universal primary education
3: Promote gender equality and empower women
4: Reduce child mortality
5: Improve maternal health
6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7: Ensure environmental sustainability
8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
The session I am moderating is this Friday morning Sept 24th, 11am New York Time. Australian friends, if you can't sleep in the wee hours of Saturday, that's 1am your time! "Changing the World, One Mother at a Time." In our families, in our neighborhoods and communities, I know we can.
Chrysula WORK. LIFE. BALANCE.
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