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The people of all nations will be gathered before God.
God will say to the people on the right, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father!
I was hungry and you fed me,
thirsty and you gave me a drink;
I was a stranger and you received me in your homes,
I was sick and you took care of me.
I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine,
you did it for me."
– Matthew 25

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): What are they?

These goals came from our world leaders, the heads of State and Government, when they gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 6 to 8 September 2000. At the dawn of a new millennium, they were compelled to reaffirm their faith in the UN Organization and its Charter as indispensable foundations of a more peaceful, prosperous and just world.

They recognize that they have a collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level. These leaders acknowledged their duty to all the world's people, especially the most vulnerable and, in particular, the children of the world, to whom the future belongs.

Our leaders of 189 countries declared certain fundamental values to be essential to international relations in the twenty-first century. These include:

Because they knew that business as usual was not enough, these global leaders did not settle for business as usual. Instead they committed themselves to ambitious targets with clearly defined deadlines. The MDGs and the promotion of human development share a common motivation and reflect a vital commitment to promoting human well being that entails dignity, freedom, and equality for all people.

These goals have transformed the face of global development cooperation. In country after country, it has been civil society spurring action. It was not at the United Nations that the Goals would be achieved, but in each country through efforts of the governments and the people.

Later this year, the governments of the world will come together again to ask themselves where they are in achieving these Goals. Some progress is evident and moving toward realization.

To learn more about these goals, visit the UN's Millennium Development Goals website (MDGs).

Prayer for the Millennium Goals

In a world where so many go hungry,
      Let us make the fruits of Creation available for all.

In a world where one billion of our brothers and
sisters do not have safe drinking water,
      Let us help the waters run clear.

In a world where so many children die so young,
      And so many mothers die in childbirth,
      And so many families are ravaged by disease,
      Let us bring health and healing.

In a world where women carry such heavy burdens,
      Let us recognize and restore the rights of all.

Let us join together, with a new sense of global community,
      A new awareness of our need for one another.

And for this fragile planet,
      To meet the clear challenges of the Millennium Goals,
      To bring hope as substantial as bread,
      To make human dignity as visible as wheat in the fields.

– From The Center of Concern

Links for Additional Information

If you would like additional information about Millenium Development Goals or wish to organize a workshop or invite a speaker to address this topic, please contact Sister Ethel Howley at 410-377-2071 or ehowley@ssndba.org.

Last updated: Saturday, 1 October, 2005 7:56 PM

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