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World Day of Social Justice: Last Dash to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals

On the World Day of Social Justice, the UN renews its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals to halve extreme poverty and improve other global issues by 2015.



With advances in technology, the world seems to be shrinking each day. Yet, where a person is born can still determine the barriers they face in leading a healthy, happy, and safe life.


In 2009, the United Nations declared Feb. 20 as the World Day of Social Justice. The event promotes the need for international communities to work together to eradicate poverty, unemployment, gender inequality, and other global justice issues.


With human rights abuses headlining the news – such as protests in Ukraine and Venezuela – the need for an international focus on social justice has never been clearer.  On Feb. 20, organizations around the globe will raise awareness about issues close to them.


The UN is focusing on eight precise goals. 2015 is the end date for an international initiative called the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), set in motion 14 years ago.


Governments around the world, along foundations and businesses, pledged to meet these eight goals. They included ending the spread of HIV/AIDs, reducing child mortality, creating universal primary education, and halving the number of people living in extreme poverty.


The groups also allocated billions of dollars for important causes, such as malaria research and children’s health.


Some of these milestones have been met. Extreme poverty has been halved, as well as the amount of people without access to safe drinking water.


Yet, work still remains in reaching all of the objectives, and organizations should focus on looking beyond the MDGs, said John Ashe, president of the UN’s General Assembly, in a press release for the World Day of Social Justice.


“Social justice and empowerment are crucial components of that new agenda,” he said.  “We must serve the needs and harness the capacities of all members of our global family, especially women, the young, older persons and persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and the poor and marginalized among us.” 


What You Can Do:


Check out the progress of the MDGs, and what initiatives UN and its partners are planning for years to come


Follow @WeCanEndPoverty, the MDGs’ Twitter page


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