What is the United Nations currently up to?
Millennium Development Goals:
Presently, the United Nations is working to fulfill the eight
Millennium Development Goals, as organized by various nations at the
turn of the last century. The projected date for completion of these
goals in 2015. In the meanwhile, each goal is broken up into several
smaller goals with shorter accomplishment times. The eight main goals
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. Specifically the U.N.
wants to cut in half the number of people living on less than one dollar
a day and the number of people who suffer from hunger.
2. Achieve universal primary education. The U.N. wants to ensure
that both boys and girls of every nation can complete primary education.
3. Promote gender equality and empower women. One of the short
term goals for promoting gender equality was to eradicate gender
inequality in secondary education in 2005. This goal has been reached,
putting the U.N. on pace for eliminating gender discrimination in all
levels of education by 2015.
4. Reduce child mortality. The U.N. plans to cut to one-third the
mortality rate among children under five.
5. Improve maternal health. As well as reducing child mortality,
the U.N. hopes to cut to one-fourth the maternal mortality rate.
6. Combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases. The U.N. tries to halt and
reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other deadly diseases. The
World Health Organization (WHO) is the main U.N. subdivision working to
combat the Avian Influenza, AIDS, and malaria, especially in continents,
such as Africa, that suffer from counterfeit medication difficulties.
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7. Ensure environmental sustainability. Because of global
mismanagement of natural resouces, the U.N. is trying to integrate the
principles of sustainable development into country policies, reverse the
loss of environmental resources, and cut in half the number of people
without access to safe drinking water. As a part of this goal, the U.N.
declared the decade from 2005-2015 the international decade for “Water
for Life.” This is supposed to raise awareness about areas lacking fresh
water as well as the depletion of fresh, clean water on the planet.
Furthermore, March 22 of every year is World Water Day.
8. Develop a global partnership for development. This plan is to
help developing nations by establishing a predictable and
non-discriminatory trading system, to provide money and provisions to
developing nations, to eradicate debt in developing nations, and to make
technological advances available to all nations.
Also falling within 2006 is the International Year of Deserts and
Desertification, which was established during the 58th
session of the General Assembly. The issue hoping to be raised is the
threat of desertification to the globe, compounded with the changes in
climate and lack of biodiversity. The United Nations Literacy Decade is
in motion as well. From 2003 to 2012, the UN has been working and will
continue to work on educating the 860 million adults and 100 million
children who are illiterate through school programs in third world
countries. In 2001, the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and
Nonviolence for the Children of the World was established and will run
till 2010. On the same timeline, the Second International Decade for the
Eradication of Colonialism and the Decade to Roll Back Malaria in
Developing Countries are points to be met. The United Nations Decade for
the Eradication of Poverty is in its last year.
Pictorial Look at the Present United Nations:
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the last three U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations: (LtoR) John R.
Bolton (2005--), Anne W. Patterson (2005), John Danforth
Kofi Annan, the United Nations' General Secretary.
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knowledge of the United Nations' Present section and the World
Government section HERE.
HERE to view pictures from
the Boston UN Model Conference.
HERE for a breakdown of the eight Millennium Goals.