The Millenium Development Goals were formed because the next millenium will have things to worry about that will endanger the future generations of living things. About 1 billion people have to live with as little as a $1.00 or less per day. Millions of people don't have enough food to survive and many are below the ideal weight. Some kids in are not capable to go to school and most women are neglected from school and are forced to make most of the population of refugees. Children die every year from disease that could have been prevented but are not getting the needed attention. Also, women die before or while giving birth. Some live without sanitary water. Countries came together to make a commitment with a deadline of 2015 to stop all of this.
The 8 Millenium Development Goals are: 1) Erradicate extreme poverty and hunger, 2) Achieve universal primary education, 3) Promote gender equality and empower women, 4) Reduce child mortality, 5) Improve maternal health, 6) Combat HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseases, 7) Ensure environmental sustainability, and 8) Develop a global partnership for development.
The UN Information Centres organized the "Stand Up Against Poverty" campaign. It was held on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. There they held sports competitions, concerts, debates, and more. They included students, artists, farmers, and others. I got this information here.
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