Whereas, Human rights and human development are profoundly tied, and lie at the heart of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), which are:
and each goal can best be achieved when we address the Human Rights issues of equality, non-discrimination, participation, inclusion, accountability, economic justice and social justice - as well as international solidarity and cooperation, according to Mark Malloch-Brown, administrator, United Nations Development Program; and
Whereas, all 191 United Nations Member States have pledged to meet these goals by the year 2015; and
Whereas, the cost to achieve these goals has been set at approximately 760 billion dollars over 11 years, a moderate amount in light of the cost of wars in Iraq, Bosnia, Sudan, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Eritrea, etc., and less than the world’s military expenditures in 2003 alone; and,
Whereas, The American Ethical Union (AEU) through its National Service Conference (NSC), The American Humanist Association, and The International Humanist and Ethical Union are all accredited non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) at The United Nations dedicated to the furtherance of human rights throughout our several histories, as attested by our many resolutions in support of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and participation in many major world conferences; and
Whereas, representatives of the aforementioned organizations have joined with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) to plan the 2004 DPI/NGO World Conference, “Millennium Development Goals: Civil Society Takes Action”, in pursuit of NGO commitment to achieve the MDG’s, therefore be it
Resolved, that the Board of Directors of The American Ethical Union joins with The American Humanist Association and The International Humanist and Ethical Union and commits to working for the fulfillment of these aforementioned Millennium Development Goals both at home and abroad, and urges our member societies, their members, and AEU's Affiliated Organizations to:
Approved by the Board of Directors of The American Ethical Union on September 11, 2004.
MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
In 2000, 189 Governments from the North and South firmly committed to work together to build a safer, more prosperous equitable world for all by 2015.
They agreed to eight commitments, the Millennium Development Goals: designed to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, eliminate gender inequality and environmental degradation, and ensure access to education, health care, and clean water. The hope for global partnership and multilateralism was palpable.
Now the political will for world cooperation erodes daily. In an effort to strengthen a global resolve to get back on track, the United Nations has launched a Campaign on behalf of the eight Millennium Development Goals.
Source: AEU Office
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