Development Cooperation Handbook/The video resources linked to this handbook/The Documentary Story/The MDGs
The approved project had responded to a call of proposals from Europeaid, The EU Commission Directorate responsible for EU international development policies, under a programme to inform EU citizens about the EU participation to the Millennium Development Goals. The MDGs are eight development goals adopted by the United Nations in the UN Millennium Declaration.
What had fascinated me of the MDGs was was that for the first time in world history, a concrete work agenda for the rights of the voiceless was universally agreed. A concrete agenda. Not general statements of principles. Not a decalration of intention. But a concrete work agenda, which had set 8 goals, subdivided in 21 targets, contextualized in specific timelines (the MDGS to be achieved by 2015). And the decision makers, in order to verify if they were being honest with their commitments, set a number of indicators upon which they asked to be judged. Now this to me really it seemed important staff. Something that all should know about. On the one side because it was a very good news that could inject hope and trust in a international scenario where there is so much suspect and cynicism. And on the other side because people needed to put their representatives to task and verify how far they were, after airing their good intentions, really implementing their tasks.
What challenged me was the fact that actually almost nobody knows about the MDGs. They are not in the news. They are not in the political agenda. They are only talked about in specialized symposia amongst international development experts. Why that? Why something so important and so little known? Why a global game that if won saves millions of lives and if lost lets millions of deaths does not have commentators, nor supporters, nor referees? Surely the International organizations quite clumsy communicators. But is that enough? Why media is so aloof?
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