WYEF's objective is to galvanize unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest through sustained
action by initiating and implementing community development projects.
WYEF's projects are designed to implement practical programmes to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in eight
areas -– health, education, technology, infrastructure, agriculture and food security, social empowerment and enhancing
community access to resources - financial, material, technical or volunteer support from local and international organizations.
Below is an extract from the United Nations fact sheet published by the United Nations Department
of Public Information in October 2002:
MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS T0 BE ACHIEVED BY
= HALVE EXTREME POVERTY AND HUNGER
1.2 billion people still live on less than $1 a day. But 43 countries,
with more than 60 per cent of the world’s people, have already met or are on track to meet the goal of cutting hunger in half by 2015.
= ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION
113 million children do not attend school, but this goal is within
reach; India, for example, should have 95 per cent of its children in school by 2005.
= EMPOWER WOMEN AND PROMOTE EQUALITY
BETWEEN WOMEN AND MEN
Two-thirds of the world’s illiterates are women, and 80
per cent of its refugees are women and children. Since the 1997 Microcredit Summit, progress has
been made in reaching and empowering poor women, nearly 19 million in
= REDUCE UNDER-FIVE MORTALITY BY TWOTHIRDS
11 million young children die every year, but that number is down from
15 million in 1980.
= REDUCE MATERNAL MORTALITY BY THREEQUARTERS
In the developing world, the risk of dying in childbirth is one
in 48. But virtually all countries now have safe motherhood programmes and are poised for progress.
= REVERSE THE SPREAD OF DISEASES, ESPECIALLY
HIV/AIDS AND MALARIA
Killer diseases have erased a generation of development gains.
Countries like Brazil, Senegal, Thailand and Uganda have shown that we can stop HIV in its tracks.
= ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
More than one billion people still lack access to safe drinking
during the 1990s, nearly one billion people gained access to safe water and as
many to sanitation.
= CREATE A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR DEVELOPMENT,
WITH TARGETS FOR AID, TRADE AND DEBT RELIEF
Too many developing countries are spending more on debt service than on social
services. New aid commitments made in the/ first half of 2002 alone, though, will
reach an additional $12 billion per year by 2006.
For more information about "THE
MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS and the United Nations Role" click on this URL: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/MDGs-FACTSHEET1.pdf