Jamie Drummond co-founded the advocacy organization ONE, whose central themes are ending extreme poverty and fighting the AIDS pandemic.
ONE (whose co-founders include rock star Bono) advocates for aid, trade, debt cancellation, investment and governance reform to help the citizens of emerging countries drive and determine their own destiny. Right now, the group's focus is the UN's Millennium Development Goals, eight benchmarks for health, justice and well-being announced in 2000 and targeted to be achieved in 2015. ONE is working to accelerate attention on the MDGs in the last four years of the challenge.
“[There was an] inchoate yearning that was felt by many that the millennium, that the year 2000, should mean more than just a 2 and some 0's. ”
“Let's go into every country that will let us in [and] ask 1,001 people what they want the [world's] new goals to be.”
“Our world leaders … need our help. They need the cavalry, and the cavalry's not going to come from Mars; it's got to come from us.”