In 2001 all 192 members of the United Nations, along with 23 other international humanitarian organizations, recognized the great need and responsibility of the world to further assist impoverished countries much more aggressively. And so they established the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's), which are eight international goals (1. eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 2. universal primary education 3. gender equality and empowerment of women 4. reduce child mortality rate 5. improve maternal health 6. combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases 7. ensure environmental sustainability 8. develop a global partnership for development) that aim to spur development by improving social and economic conditions in the world's poorest countries. The target date for achieving these goals is 2015. Obviously, we've got a long way to go.
And so individuals and organizations from around the world have decided to dedicate September 17-19 as a weekend of mobilization to show support of the MDG's and encourage their governments to step up their efforts to achieve the set goals.
You can come be a part of our effort here in Indianapolis! Stand Against Poverty: Indianapolis is on September 17, 2010 from 5:30 -8:30 p.m. at The Village Experience, 6055 N. College, Ave., Indianapolis, 46220. The event is being co-sponsored by six local organizations, including The Village Experience, Oxfam Action Corps Indianapolis, and World Next Door, and will also be a great opportunity to connect and get involved with these organizations. There will be a panel discussion on poverty, which will include Barry Rodriquez, founder of World Next Door, and special guest speaker, Garrett Johnson, who is a professional staff member for Senator Richard Lugar. The event is free and there will be food provided by the Egyptian Café.
Below is a video on the international Stand Against Poverty campaign.