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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Can the MDGs Provide a Pathway to Social Justice?

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AUTHOR Naila Kabeer
TYPE Thematic Report
DATE 2010
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities

At the start of the 21st century, 189 world leaders signed the Millennium Declaration and pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals -- a set of eight benchmarks to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat major diseases, ensure environmental sustainability and develop a global partnership for development by the year 2015. This commitment provided a ringing call to action to the international community to concentrate efforts on freeing men, women and children from the abject and dehumanising condition of poverty. The Declaration was based on a set of fundamental values that included freedom, equality, tolerance and solidarity, which together spell out a firm commitment to social justice as the guiding spirit of all efforts.

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