English_Master June 2, 2016 No Comments
INDIA AND THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS In 2000, at the dawn of the New Millennium, the United Nations (UN) set out its objectives to bring about a better world by focusing on the need to halve poverty, tackle sickness and combat environmental degradation by 2015, these commitments known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reflected international consensus that poverty in an increasingly prosperous world economy was unacceptable. These Goals provided measurable targets to monitor progress. For the first time, rich countries and international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were to be held accountable, in terms of their action to secure the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In September 2005, when more than 170 world leaders assembled at the UN in New York, all of them had an opportunity to appraise the progress made so far to secure the Development Goals. But the sad fact remains that the achievement in the last five years has been “slow”, if not “dismal”. Will we ever achieve these Goals by the deadline in 2015? Will these pious declarations remain platitudes? Apolitical observer says: “Many of the MDGs will not be met by 2015. None of thenj will be met in Africa. Poverty has stagnated or worsened...
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