Development Dialogue

Development Dialogue is a language of contemporary discourses on human development which aims to stimulate each entity of the society for a new history of humanity. It stands for communicating the problems that people face and hence is more value-based than other units of human life. Envisioned with better quality of human life it admires the imagination of ordinary citizens, their daily concerns and necessities and circulate these elements in policy articulation.

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How about MDGs?

After a decade of “talking the talk” without really “walking the walk”, world leaders gathered in the United Nations Headquarters in New York in September 2000 to adopt what is known as the “United Nations Millennium Declaration” that commits their respective countries to a number of goals with a deadline in the end of 2015 to achieve those targets. These targets have become to be known as the “Millennium Declaration” which included the “MillenniumGoals” - MDGs. Summed-up in eight points, these goals embody some of the main challenges to development: 

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, 
  2. Achieve universal primary education, 
  3. Promote gender equality and empowering women 
  4. Reduce child mortality rates,
  5. Improve maternal health,
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases,
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability, and 
  8. Develop a global partnership for development

The adoption of the “Millennium Declaration” in 2000 was followed by a “UN Millennium Project” in 2002. Commissioned by the UN-Secretary General, it aimed to develop a plan of action for world countries to achieve the MDGs by 2015.  This plan as concluded and delivered to the Secretary-General in 2005. 

A decade, 189 nations, and signatures of 147 heads of state later and still no clear indication on how achievable or even realistic those goals are. No doubt MDGs are a noble initiative, aimed to foster global citizenship, empathy, tolerance and improve the world we live in. On a more practical note, these MDGs do provide useful inputs and guidelines and policies. A look at the “Nepal Millennium Development Goals Progress Report 2012” would clarify the relevance of those MDGs not only to 2015, but beyond that as well, providing a long-term vision in critical areas like health, education and environment. 



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