Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Project by the United Nations is a bold proposal issued to decrease the global problems such as poverty and hunger, disease, education, the environment, maternal health, child mortality, gender equality, and global partnership. Every single item is so important and they should be taken care of. By January 2005, the United Nations came up with the five-year report that included the strategies for achieving this goal by 2015. When this was first issued, the strategy seemed to be the perfect formula that can lead to the success of the Millennium Project.

The due date, however, is coming up very soon and at this rate, reaching the goal seems a bit unrealistic. The Millennium Project sorted the global challenges into three categories: freedom from want, freedom from fear, and the freedom of the future generations to sustain their lives on this planet. For each category, they have come up with some solutions that can potentially decrease the world problems. For freedom of want category, poverty, hunger, disease, education, and child mortality are targeted.

The report mentioned that “these problems are worst in sub-Saharan Africa, where extreme poverty affects a higher proportion of the population than anywhere else, and is compounded by a higher incidence of conflict, HIV/AIDS, and other ills”(Kofi Annan 1068). This shows that helping and showing special attention to the needs in Africa can decrease a great amount of the global challenges. Although this is a great approach of reaching the goal, this is a very difficult task. Surely, the support for the Africa has increased compared to before, but not enough to reach the goal by 2015. The freedom from fear targets the wars between States.

To prevent the conflict, their strategy was to “promote political arrangements and the regulations of illicit transfers of weapons, money, or natural resources” (Kofi Annan 1069). Enforcing the moral duty and controlling the weapons more tightly is a great idea, but not enough to prevent all the conflicts. The Iraq War is an example of how the strategy for the Millennium Project in this particular category seems weak. Even though the war was not in conformity, it still happened. Although the global fear has decreased, because there were so many lives that were sacrificed though this war, the goal seems to be yet unrealistic.

Lastly, the freedom of future generations to sustain their lives on this planet seems like the hardest goal of the three. In the proposal, it said our generation is “plundering our children’s heritage to pay for our present unsustainable practices” (Kofi Annan 1069). In order to prevent the problem from getting bigger, the report has come up with several solutions that can be potentially helpful: “reducing emissions of carbon and other gases and preserving our forests, fisheries, and the diversity of living species” (Kofi Annan 1069). The nations did try to reach this goal by informing people and promoting the eco-friendly lifestyle.

This, however, is not enough to stop pollution and the damages we are causing to the environment. Because we are so accustomed to living a life that requires so many sources such as electricity and gases, it is nearly impossible to stop the damage. The Millennium Project is a wonderful proposal, but also a difficult one. By seeing the progress of this project, it is hard to believe that the goals will be achieved by 2015. But if all the nations put in efforts, the goals from this project can be achieved someday. Source Millennium Report, presented to the United Nations by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, April 3, 2000.