As an integral component of and essential building block for education, literacy has been part of the global development agenda for a long time. Starting with the World Conference on Education for All held in Jomkien, Thailand, in 1990, the need for increased literacy among peoples was subsequently included in the Education for All goals, formulated at the end of the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000.
Development Goals: MDGs and SDGs
Logo: United Nations Development Programme
When the international community gathered for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio +20 – in June 2012, it mandated the formulation of sustainable development goals which should be coherent with and integrated into the UN’s post 2015 development agenda. An Open Working Group was tasked to articulate and propose a set of SDGs – Sustainable Development Goals – that would guide the world’s development framework for the period 2016-2030.
The 63rd Annual DPI/NGO Conference entitled Advance Global Health: Achieve the Millennium Development Goals took place in Melbourne 30 August – 1 September, 2010. Being a member of the Australia-New Zealand Province, I attended the conference as a representative of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
A worldwide total of 116,993,629 people participated in STAND UP and TAKE ACTION in 2008, setting a new Guinness World Record. This is a great accomplishment, and we hope this year to break the record again!
Caritas Internationalis and the JPIC Promoters (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) in Rome have produced a new publication entitled Breaking with Business as Usual: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
1. What are the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are solemn pledges made by all countries in the world. They are distilled from the Millennium Declaration. They are people-centered, measurable and time-bound commitments to address the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century.
There are many educational materials about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) available online which can be used in the formal classroom, in popular education projects, with youth groups or in other parish work. Here are some examples: