The United Nations calls their current phony bullshit promises “The Millennium Development Goals” or “MDG’s” (see http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/goals.html
These promises were made in the year 2000 (thus the “Millennium” title) and they gave themselves 15 years to meet them, by the year 2015. These promises are actually morally repugnant on their face. Despite there being enough to go around for EVERYONE, these promises only seek to give FRACTIONS of humanity what they need to sustain human life, yes fractions. For example, one of their promises is to:
“By 2015, reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water”
Half? HALF? And 15 years for HALF the people without clean water to get it? You’ve got to be joking! No, not only are they not joking, they say they are not even going to be able to keep this disgusting promise. As it stands now, in their own words (copied from page 57 of theHuman Development Report 2006, Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis at http://tinyurl.com/2sgcul
-for water the Arab States are 27 years off track
-the water target will be missed by 234 million people, with 55 countries off track
-The sanitation target will be missed by 430 million people, with 74 countries off track.
-Sub-Saharan Africa will miss the water target by a full generation and the sanitation target by more than two generations.
This is unconscionable. And that’s the way it is and continues to be.
What else is unconscionable? They made a promise to also cut hunger in half. But guess what? HUNGER JUST KEEPS INCREASING.
“Despite the promise made by Member States to halve hunger in accordance with the Millennium Development Goals, the shocking news is that globally, hunger is continuing to increase. . . In fact, it appears that hunger has increased every year since the World Food Summit in 1996 (FAO, 2004), even though the world is richer than ever before and can already produce enough food to feed more than double the world’s population.”
-Statement by Jean Ziegler, United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food on the Occasion of World Food Day, 16 October 2005 at http://tinyurl.com/yt8o9e
Do you see now why I call these Millennium Development Goals bullshit promises? I’ve been asked NOT to use the term “bullshit” on my website by people who think it will detract from or discredit the seriousness of the information on this site, but I just can’t think of a synonym that so clearly captures what I’m trying to convey. If you’ve got one, contact me.
“BILLIONS Earmarked For Relief Go Unspent As People DIE”
Here is an example of the seriousness (ha, ha) with which the powers-that-be treat their promises to the dying and suffering humanity. It’s about the Millennium Challenge Corporation. And you’ll note that, yep, the same people are still in charge of it, but they promise to do better. Gee, that’s a load of worry off my shoulders. Do these people realize they’re dealing in life and death? In the most benign view, they do not. Copied below are excerpts from 3 different news stories about these unspent billions below. Links to the full stories also follow.
From the New York Times, “U.S. Agency’s Slow Pace Endangers Foreign Aid” on 12/7/07 athttp://tinyurl.com/2vkt4n
“The agency, a rare Bush administration proposal to be enacted with bipartisan support, has spent only $155 million of the $4.8 billion it has approved for ambitious projects in 15 countries in Africa, Central America and other regions. . . Eyeing the unspent billions, the Senate has proposed that Congress provide no more than half the money up front for future five-year projects, which typically come with a price tag of $250 million to $700 million. Such projects are now fully financed at the start to make sure countries have the wherewithal to finish what they start.”
Also, “MCC budget cut – how would it affectGhana?” at http://tinyurl.com/2zgwub
“Critics of the agency in Congress are concerned that it has spent only $155 million on development projects out of $4.8 billion approved for funding.”
And, “Don’t count the chickens yet” athttp://tinyurl.com/yphtar
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) set up some four years ago to aid developing countries has spent only 3% of its US$4.8bil (RM15.8bil) funds for approved projects, frustrating poor communities and tempting a re-channelling of the money to the Iraq war.
Back to the Times article again, so you can feel reassured:
But the agency itself must also shoulder some of the blame for the slow progress, Ms. Herrling said. Its decision-making has been too focused on putting together the projects, rather than on carrying them out. “It shouldn’t have taken so long,” she said. “The agency needs to figure it out this year. They are part of the problem.” John J. Danilovich, the businessman and former ambassador who has led the agency for two years, recently reorganized it to concentrate on results with what he called “laser focus.” “We need to do better and we will do better,” he said in an interview.
Yeah, I feel much better now.
Guess what doesn’t even warrant a phony bullshit Millennium Development Goal promise? Although 1 out of every 4 human beings on this planet is forced to live without electricity (see this page), getting electricity to those who need it didn’t even make the list of UN Millennium Goals. In their own words:
“Unfortunately the international community has not taken this issue serious enough to establish a specific target for energy services in the framework of the MDGs.” Seehttp://tinyurl.com/2uc5hb
Finally, to show the INSINCERITY inherent in Millenium Development Goals, one only has to note that the goals selected are those for which progress in meeting them CANNOT be measured, and provisions to measure progress were not included with the goals. See my page on Statistical Accuracy here for complete details.