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8 Millennium Goals

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The 8 Goals:

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger [Take Action]

This goal hopes to reduce by half the people who are living on less than $1 a day, and reduce by half the people who suffer from hunger. Think about it: If you don’t eat breakfast, you can’t focus as well in school, you feel tired, and by your 11 AM math class, your stomach is begging for food. Luckily, you have lunch at 12; however, not so many are as lucky. 800 million people go to bed hungry every day. By helping to feed those who are malnourished, this millennium goal can help people become healthier, and maybe give them the energy so they can work or go to school. Read more about these issues in our other causes, [extreme poverty] and [hunger]

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education [Take Action]

This goal wants to make sure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling. Wikipedia says that primary schooling is basically school starting from when you are between four and seven years old. Around eleven or twelve years old is usually when “secondary school” starts. (In the U.S., secondary school is high school). By giving all children basic education, this goal aims to help people help themselves. Imagine: how much would you NOT be able to do if you couldn’t read? (For one thing, you wouldn’t be able to read this!) Well, 1 in 4 adults in the world cannot read. You many not love going to school every morning, but you know it’s really important for you, as well as for people everywhere.

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women [Take Action]

The third goal aims to get rid of gender inequality in primary and secondary education at all levels by 2015. Of the 1.3 billion people living in poverty in the world, 70% of them are women. Societies where women are equal to men are more likely to reach the Millennium Goals by 2015. Imagine if the U.S. STILL didn’t let women vote. This country would be much different, and definitely not as great. Some places still oppress women, and if we want poor nations to catch up with developed countries like the U.S., equality is a great way to start.

Goal 4: Reduce child mortality [Take Action]

Every year, about 11 million children die before their 5th birthday, and over 1,200 die each hour because of diseases that can easily be cured or prevented with proper care. Child mortality includes the number of children who die within the first five years of their life. Sometimes when you’re young your body just can’t handle illnesses and well, so you need care and medicine. However, in extremely poor areas, that basic care isn’t available. This goal aims to give children a better chance to live.

Goal 5: Improve maternal health [Take Action]

In sub-Saharan Africa, mothers have a 1 in 16 chance of dying in childbirth. This goal wants to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters; that is, reduce by three-quarters the number of women who die when giving birth compared to the total population.

Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS,

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