A huge thanks to the more than 300 people who voted, and the more than 50 people who commented on the blog, facebook or sent us an email about the Millennium Development Goals in the last week.
The results are in, and you’ve told us that you think that extreme poverty and hunger needs the most attention, followed by ensuring environmental sustainability, promoting gender equality, improving maternal health and achieving universal primary education.
A number of people emailed and commented that it’s not about just one goal, it’s about all eight. In Tam’s words, “I can't even choose. Feels like I'm saying, "Forget this" to the other seven things...”
And, we’d completely agree.
All of the issues are connected, all of them need action and attention. But – it’s not possible to do everything at once, which is why we break them down by goal.
The problem is that all too often, this allows us to neglect things, as Aaron commented, “Just because sanitation isn't sexy, we really shouldn't forget MDG 7.”
Or, we get stuck addressing symptoms rather than causes, as Shruti noted, “We often see gender equality as being a non-essential part of development, an added-bonus that even developed societies have yet to fulfil, but in the countries where the world's poorest live which are often beset by a seemingly insurmountable number of diverse problems, grass roots development and community empowerment needs to capitalise on the impact and wealth of the female population.”
We’re four months away from seeing our leaders come together in New York to talk about all eight of these goals, not just one of them. We’re five years away from the target dates, when as a global community we’ll need to account for our performance on all eight goals.
That’s why over the next few months, as we lead up to the September MDG Review Summit, we’re going to be posting about each of these goals. We’re going to share videos, blogs and actions about part success, current challenges and future opportunities. We’re going to share stories as much as statistics, and will be featuring posts from guest bloggers, interviews with experts, and stories of people like you and what they’re doing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
We’re going to start with the first and most voted for goal, and we’re going to pay extra attention to this and other goals that you voted for, and also those that we’re doing worst on according to the research.
As part of this, you’ll also notice some changes to this blog and our broader site to accommodate this extra content. We’ll be re-launching the learn-more section of our site to act as a live catalogue of blogs, videos and comments from you. We’ll be adding extra sharing and interaction functions to this blog, and you’ll see a new look front page to the website.
Finally, we’ll be joining with other organisations to build momentum and campaign to ensure that our leaders keep to their promises this September. We’re planning some exciting events in New York in the week leading up to the Summit, and will be announcing opportunities for you to be involved in the broader campaign and movement in the coming weeks.