Between 1990 and 2009, we managed to reduce infant mortality by 4 million fewer deaths per year. Today 39 million more children go to school, and within a decade we have been successful in ensuring 2 billion more people worldwide have access to safe drinking water.
These are some of the most important achievements that we have all made possible after fighting extreme poverty throughout the world for over a decade.
In the year 2000, 189 countries, including Spain, agreed to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which are, to date, an unprecedented commitment to the fight against extreme poverty throughout the world by 2015.
It has been over 10 years since these commitments were signed, and while there is still a lot of work to be done, the world has reason to celebrate the achievements.
This is why the United Nations Millennium Campaign has launched “Y tu sin enterarte”, an innovative campaign that invites you to convert your Facebook or Twitter Profile from June 6 to 20 into an airing of what we have achieved together.
Having been part of the largest vaccination campaign in history, in Bangladesh, where 33.5 million children were vaccinated against measles in 20 days and whose deaths we have reduced by 78%. Or having managed to protect over 50% of the population at risk of contracting malaria by distributing over 290 million mosquito nets in sub-Saharan Africa. These are success stories made possible through everyone’s commitment with the MDGs, and so we also want you to tell them.
The aim is to put the Millennium Development Goals and the fight against poverty at the top of the agenda again, with a view to the Rio +20 Summit to be held on 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and where the world will again start talking about “the future we want”.
Participating in this campaign is extremely important. Donating space on your Facebook or Twitter profile for these success stories is very simple, just download an application, available from the www.ytusinenterarte.org website and choose where to donate. Once a day for a week, a message will be published on progress in the fight against extreme poverty.
Each person who donates space is saying that the fight against extreme poverty matters.
Coordinator of the United Nations Millennium Campaign