Momentum 1000 for a Better World
Posted: April 10, 2013 by Maja Johnson
On September 6, 2000 the Heads of States sat down and participated in the Millennium Summit at the headquarters of the United Nations. On September 8, they all adopted the Millennium Declaration – a joint struggle to end poverty, hunger and basically create a better world.
According to the Millennium Declaration, leaders of the world agreed to join forces and create partnerships in order to slowly solve certain issues threatening the world. They gave each other 15 years to review issues like poverty, hunger, maternity deaths, child abuse, environmental protection and general issues concerning Africa. AIDS as well as lack of food and water are also a major topics of discussion among committee.
Last Friday, April 5, 2013, was the official day that marked the remaining 1000 days till the end of the deadline. Momentum 1000 is a new program created by the committee to raise awareness that the 15 years have nearly passed. More than 70 International organizations and hosts took part in the campaign that lasted 1000 minutes; starting from 8:30 AM (Friday) and ending around 1:30 A.M (Saturday). The Momentum 1000 was available on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ with chats, Q&A sessions, live stream conversations and much more. People throughout the globe joined the discussions and provided ideas for solving the concerned issues.
In the past 12 years, figures have shown that the Millennium Summit proved itself to be a positive change for the 21st century. Poverty has been reduced by half, more and more children have been enrolled in schools and maternity mortality rates have dropped by nearly 50%.
Even though these numbers are showing a positive trend in general, the fact remains that there are still millions of people in the world that are hungry and barefoot. Thousands of children die every day. People in some parts of the world have no clean water to drink which is dreadful. Projects like the Millennium Declaration and its goals must be part of every country's daily policy. Countries that have been fortunate enough in terms of wealth and riches, must remember to share some of those to the ones less fortunate. We are all humans after all.
For more information or information on how to donate, you can visit the Momentum 1000 website.