Evaluation Of The Un Millennium Developmental Goals

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The following essay will be based on the evaluation surrounding the movement of the UN Millennium Developmental Goals (MDG) in its aims to end poverty internationally. The world leaders explained their intentions to “spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty” according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (The Millennium Development Goals Report, 2015). For the simplicity of this essay, extreme poverty as mentioned above can be defined by the World Bank as the average daily consumption of $1.25US or less and means living on the edge of subsistence (Data, 2010). By this definition the Millennium Development Goals have been created in hopes to halve this poverty by 2015. In 2000 all members of the United Nation committed to a key framework based on eight targets to halve poverty by 2015 for international action. The eight goals consisted of to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDs, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmentally sustainability, develop a global partnership for development (Millennium Development Goals, 2016). For the purpose of this critical evaluation the focus will be on goal number one with mentions to all the affected goals throughout. The areas of national and international frameworks will be the evaluated in the success of the program. How it draws on international and national conventions and frameworks The following key national institutions have received criticism for the direct affects of extreme poverty in certain parts of the world due to the establishment of the World Bank, Int... ... middle of paper ... ...or, 2011). An identified weakness when evaluating the overall goals set is the missing mental health aspect. There are many health goals, (reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat diseases) boldly to be achieved by 2015. There is agreement among the world leaders that these physical health issues are world issues that should have money, time and resources invested into for better health outcomes. Poverty has been repeatedly been linked to mental health problems. According to the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, a majority of people who where successful in suicide were either unemployed or had long tem mental illness (Department of Health, 1999). This links directly back to the issue of poverty, its believed that the two concepts of improved mental health correlates directly with poverty outcomes.
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