Millennium Development Goals
Armed violence and remnants of conflict devastate lives. It is no coincidence that the world’s 10 poorest countries are either in a state of conflict or emerging from one.
The Millennium Development Goals represent the most significant effort ever made by the international community to fight global poverty and inequality. In 2000, all world leaders signed up to achieving eight MDGs by 2015.
MAG’s operations are designed as a ‘livelihood approach’, enabling communities to achieve local results that enhance the chance of reaching the first and most important Millennium Goal: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by 50 per cent by 2015.
By releasing land, increasing safe access to vital resources – water, education, trade and health services – in many of these countries, MAG’s work actively contributes to the chances of achieving the Millennium Development Goals, particularly the first: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by 50 per cent in 2015.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimated that in 2010 a total of 925 million people were undernourished.
Landmines, explosive ordnance and malfunctioning, badly stored and abandoned weapons all deny communities access to land, water and infrastructure, keeping people in poverty.
They also hamper the work of governments, and relief and development agencies, preventing access to life-saving resources and undermining development.
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