One billion of the world’s people live on $1.25 per day. That’s why the United Nations has made ending extreme poverty by 2030 one of its central goals.
Collectively, these 17 goals are known as the Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs). They follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were established in 2000 and will end on December 31, 2015.
The MDGs fell short in three major areas, the U.N. reported: women’s and girls’ equality, environmental issues, and poverty eradication.
I am a 23-year-old Peace Corps volunteer. I am working to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals in the Dominican Republic. I specifically work on the three health-related MDG’s.
I was listening to the interview with Yossi Klein Halevi and was touched by his retelling of the story of Anwar Sadat’s visit to Israel in 1977. Like the attainment of peace in the Middle East, the Millennium Development Goals seem like a beautiful dream that is unlikely to come true, at least in the case of the Dominican Republic. I wanted to thank Yossi Klein Halevi for reminding us about joyful twists in the story of almost “messianic impossibility.” Religion at its best can motivate to keep working towards the attainment of beautiful goals even though they seem impossible.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic