Wanted: Pledges for MDGs

Amnesty International's maternal death clock unveiled in New York on Sept. 20, coinciding with the Millennium Development Goals summit. Several nonprofits have made pledges to help efforts toward achieving the MDGs, which include improving maternal health. Photo by: Amnesty International / CC BY-NC-SA Amnesty InternationalCC BY-NC-SA

Aside from urging world leaders to fulfill their commitments toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals, nonprofit groups have also made their own “practical, measurable, and time-bound MDG pledges,” according to the chief executive officer of Millennium Promise.

These pledges - which can be carried out through direct implementation, public advocacy or mobilization of financial support - can be found on the new website, www.mdgpledges.org, according to John McArthur.

“These pledges are not a substitute for government action, but we hope they will make real contributions to the achievement of the Goals,” McArthur writes in The Huffington Post. “Moreover, we hope that our range of pledges, from small to large, will help spur others to make their own MDG pledges. Such commitments can be particularly important in spurring momentum amidst global sentiments of economic strain.” 

Some 80 pledges can be found on the website as of Sept. 23. The pledges indicate the number of people that will benefit from projects as well as their dates of completion. Some of the pledges include commitment from Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Initiative to train underserved women in business and management.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.