United Nations Millennium Goal 7 Analysis

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World Positions:

Millennium Goal #7 is part of the UN’s 8-goal plan to ensure that the needs of the world and

its inhabitants are met. Millennium Goal #7 specifically was created to “ensure environmental

stability.” The United Nations Millennium Declaration was signed in September of 2000 and

agreed to achieve the goals by 2015. The Millennium Declaration commits world leaders to

combat discrimination against women, environmental degradations, illiteracy, disease, hunger,

and poverty. The Millennium Goal #7 is divided into three parts: Target A-Reverse the loss of

environmental resources, Target B- Reduce Biodiversity loss, Target C- provide basic sanitation

and clean water, and Target D- Improvement in the lives of at least
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Through the WHO’s efforts, by 2011 89% of the population had

improved water sources.

Previous Actions:

The Millennium goals are a set of goals created at the United Nations Millennium Summit in

At the time, all of the 189 member countries committed to completing the Millennium

goals. Now there are 193 committed to assisting along with 27 world organizations. One of the

UN’s initiatives were to reduce CO2 emissions. The UN Development Program and the Global

Environment Facility led the initiative in Tanzania. By providing solar energy systems to around

8,400 homes in the Northern region of Mwanza, CO2 emissions were reduced by almost a metric

ton per year. Also, in Kyrgyzstan, by promoting sanitation and providing clean water 76% of the

villages covered by the project had a decline in the incidence of lambliasis. Also, the UN has

been able to improve the live of more than 200 million slum dwellers. Which is twice as much as

the original goal. By improving the quality of the water supply, increased sanitation, and less

crowded housing have increased the prospects of escaping disease and poverty.

Country Position/Suggestions for a
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The project to conserve rare species

set up salmonid protected area in Kamchatka. Apart from that project, Russia haas implemented

more than 10 projects for biodiversity conservation and more efficiently sustain energy. One of

these projects is based on sustainable energy. The project is titled, “Standards and Labels for

Promoting Energy Efficiency in Russia.” The project was started in April of 2006 and currently

is being funded $7,8100,000 for the full-sized project. The project aims to mitigate greenhouse

gas emissions throughout the Russian Federation. To do so, the Russian market is moving

towards energy efficient building equipment and basic household appliances.

Supporting/Opposing Arguments:

The Russian position is the same as every other, which to say is they agree with Millennium

Development Goal #7. Russia believes that we should all be working together to protect the

environment and ensure the environment’s stability. The Russian Federation has created more

than 10 projects for that very reason. Though most of these projects focus on energy and

biodiversity conservation, they all are beneficial to the world in way or another even if

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