Human Consequality And Poverty In The United Nations Millennium Development Goals

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II. Introduction
The United Nations Millennium Declaration adopted by world leaders in 2000 did acknowledge equity and equality as critical values in stating among other things: “in addition to our separate responsibilities to our individual societies, we have a collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level.” The goals of the Millennium Development have been instrumental in mobilizing the international community around the fight against poverty in all its forms since 2001 and have contributed to huge progress in development.
The 193 countries agreed on the Millennium Development Goals, which, among other targets, aim to reduce the proportion of people living on $1.25 a day by half within 15 years. Following the Group of 8 (G-8) Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, in 2005, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the African Development Bank agreed to a plan of debt relief for the poorest countries.
What reasons underlie efforts to alleviate poverty? Individuals often consider alleviating poverty a personal responsibility that arises from religious or philosophical convictions. Many see poverty as the outcome of an unfair system that privileges some and constrains opportunities for others—a fundamental injustice that can also lead to social conflict and violence if not addressed. Others view poverty as a denial of universal rights and human dignity that requires collective action at a global level

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