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Michelle Rosenthal

social worker, Dr Susan Smith McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

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How can humanity actually achieve the UN Millenium Goals? How can we each play a bigger part to help ensure that we do meet the goals?

The Millenium Goals can be found at: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/ There were targets for 2015. How can we step up our efforts to be sure that we are on Target for 2015 and beyond. A lot is riding on our success at achieving these important goals and more. I would like to add the goal of achieving world peace as well!

The UN Millenium Goals are:

1) End Poverty and Hunger

2) Universal Education

3) Gender Equality

4) Child Health

5) Maternal Health

6) Combat HIV/ AIDS, Malaria and other diseases

7) Environmental Sustainability

8) Global Partnership


What additional millenium development goals would you like the UN to add to this list?

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    Feb 18 2013: Michelle, These goals are set for 2015. I know this will sound bad ... but ... with most of the world in serious economical distress do you consider this a realistic goal. Most of these issues exist for the benefit of third world nations and the cost will be at the expense of the same few who support the UN. The problems are giagantic in many of these goals as they violate religious codes for many nations ... do you think this will change? Not likely. As a child I collected funds for needy children ... the same pictures and the same causes exist today with little or no progress reported and I am now 70. We have found many of the organizations and the recieving countries corrupt and the cause ignored while corporate heads and politicians line their pockets. We seem to continue to do the same failed practice over and over and expect a different result each time.

    We donate trillions of dollars worldwide to disaster relief to many areas and a follow up shows that little of no progress has been made in re-establishing the area or improving the conditions. This happens right here in the USA with New Orleans and what is called the 5th district. It is still boarded up and only one store has opened in the area. Where did all the donations go .. where did the federal money go .. where did the state money go .... materials ... etc ...

    We throw money at a problem to feel good about ourselves. It ain't workin.

    We need a serious re-evaluation of our approach to resolution of these problems before any of these goals will be met.

    I am not against these goals ... I am having troubles with application / methods / approach / and failure over and over.

    I wish you well. Bob.
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      Feb 18 2013: Dear Bob,
      Yes I agree we will need to rethink our methods and strategies to find a solution that will work this time since so many efforts have failed in the past. We have to reach the people directly not give the money to corrupt politicians who will keep it all for themselves and not distribute it to the people in need. That is the hard part to find the solution to the problem. There are many answers hidden in many of the TED Talks that if they were widely applied would certainly make a significant dent in the problem. We have the technology but we need a way to implement the solution on a wide scale. So the question is how can we actually achieve the goals, not how can we fail to achieve the goals. I realize this is a much harder problem requiring much more thought and collaboration. How can we all actually help is the question for us to think about. Thanks for your reply.
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        Feb 18 2013: M, I look at many variables and here is some free advice.

        1. Please take a minute to look up UNICF. I'm doing this from memory ... the CEO makes $1,200, 000 salary and has a Royals Royce supplied for his use, plus other perks. Only 21 cents of the dollar goes to the cause. Please verify.

        2. Of all the organizations and religions that respond internationally, some are good, but one is outstanding and should be used as a model or yardstick to evaluate other programs. It is a religion. They are called Mormons or LDS. What makes them successful, by my measure, is they have a person on the ground here at shipping and a person on the ground to recieve and distribute. Their University has developed a powder that is nutritious and supplies all the daily needs when mixed with liquids. There is no money to siphien off and no middle people. They mail, pickup, and distribute all at their own expense ... no donations .. no requests for assistance. 100% of the transaction is accounted for and used by those intended.

        Part of the problem is that we do not do our homework. We tend to throw money at a issue and go off to a party feeling good about ourselves that we fed a hungry kid in Africia. Did we?

        While your at it look up the Red Cross and all the other biggies ... VFW and Salvation Army are two good ones all the rest are very profitable ... for the executives. Sad.

        Thanks for the reply. I wish you well. Bob.

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