Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Culture of Peace v. Millenium Development Goals

No, this isn't a remake of Godzilla v. Mothra or the latest Grisham novel. This is a glance at two huge initiatives, both now under the auspices of the UN, though they got there by different paths. The Culture of Peace (there are several apparently authoritative sites, and I've just chosen one) was spawned within UNESCO (though I'm sure the initiative had deeper origins). The Millenium Development Goals originated in other (non-UN) international organizations.

Take a look at how the two large initiatives are broken down:
The Culture of Peace has these eight goals:
  1. Foster a culture of peace through education
  2. Promote sustainable economic and social development
  3. Promote respect for human rights
  4. Ensure equality between men and women
  5. Foster democratic participation
  6. Advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity
  7. Support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge
  8. Promote international peace and security
The Millenium Development Goals (MDG) are made up of this set of eight:
  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. Achieve universal primary education
  3. Promote Gender Equality and empower women
  4. Reduce Child Mortality
  5. Improve Maternal Health
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other Diseases
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability
  8. Develop a Global Partnership for Development
Is that cool, or what? (I'll give you a hint: it's cool!)

It's cool because, difficult as these two big initiatives are, they have a lot of overlap, so it's not like we would necessarily have to choose between them. And certainly it's not like they conflict with each other (that would NOT be cool!).

And just to cheer you up even more (no, you're not dreaming), our pals Bill and Warren have working hard toward #6 on the MDG hit parade. (I told Bill he was doing a good job with his foundation when I bumped into him in July. He said "thanks".)

I just thought you'd like to hear some good news for a change.

And, yes, this all somehow plays into the whole wiki thing.


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