Millennium Development Goals and Beyond
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Caritas and the Millennium Development Goals and Beyond
In 2000, Governments made a milestone promise by setting the target of halving global poverty by 2015. In the Millennium Declaration they created the 8 Millennium Development Goals to “free all men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty.” Much has been achieved. Caritas continues to work hard in the time left to fulfill its part of the MDG pledges.
The MDGs are a major step on the road to eradicating poverty – but they are not the end of the journey. Caritas is urging governments to keep the promises they made by creating new goals based on zero tolerance for extreme poverty. We still have the chance of a lifetime to achieve a just, equal and decent way of living.
Caritas Updates on the Millennium Development Goals
Remarks by Pope Francis curiously coincided with the precipitous and remarkable decision by a USA-based pharmaceutical company to raise - by over 5,000% - the price of a 62-year-old medication used by persons living with HIV.
Pope Francis throws open a challenge to leaders of states and governments to go beyond making the UN a mere chatter house and to not fall into ‘a declarational nominalism’, where the fashion is to always make declarations ‘without teeth’.
Pope Francis’ address to the United Nations this morning was an invitation to us all to change the way in which we see this world.