New Resource from Christians Aware "Inherit the Earth" Millennium Development Goals - So Near and Yet So Far
Information about the MDGs as a Whole
Micah Challenge UK has a briefing pack that offers a helpful overview; Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation also offers some easy introductory material. To get further basic background -- or go into greater depth -- take a look at the UN Millennium Development Goals website and The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) MDGs section.
The former contains a list of the Goals; the Millennium Declaration and background to the Goals; the annual Development Goals report, which indicates the level of progress towards the targets; links to the indicator database and more. The beautifully organised and arranged UNDP site offers basic information and resources, news and speeches, details of advocacy and strategies for meeting the MDGs, help tracking progress (links to general indicators, country reports etc), links to country offices and regional resources.
Christian Aid has produced a series of Bible Studies - Working Together
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has written one of a new series of Bible studies produced by Christian Aid to inspire, inform and challenge churches and their members.
The 'Working Together' series of Bible studies provides individuals and church groups with an opportunity to discuss the topics of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from the perspective of faith.
Anglican Responses to the MDGs
The Anglican Communion held a conference -- Towards Effective Anglican Mission [TEAM] -- in March 2007 to consider how Anglicans should respond to the MDGs and the crisis posed by HIV/AIDS, especially in Africa.
The TEAM website and the Episcopal News Service website contain links to theological reflections on the MDGs and the Church's response by South African theologian Steve de Gruchy and the Archbishop of Canterbury, myriad discussions of projects in which churches are already engaging, and a fascinating talk and response in which Salil Shetty, director of the UN Millennium Campaign, introduced the Goals and the campaign, and Hellen Wangusa, Anglican Observer at the United Nations critiqued the MDGs as a framework for church work in development.
During the Lambeth Conference, the bishops, their spouses and other guests held a "Walk of Witness" in support of the Millennium Development Goals, which culminated in a rally addressed (inter alia) by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Hellen Wangusa, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The Archbishop also handed the Prime Minister the Anglican Communion statement on the MDGs.
Southern Responses to the MDGs
Choike, the portal for Southern civil society, gives both the UN background to the formulation of the goals and a wide range of Southern responses -- some positive, some critical, many suggesting a widening of the terms of discussion. The website also has considerable material on gender and the MDGs and health and the MDGs.
Campaigning Perspectives on the MDGs
Three international campaigns -- Global Call to Action against Poverty , Micah Challenge , and the UN Millennium Campaign -- as well as Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation, a US organisation, all offer campaigning perspectives on the MDGs and their relations to the goal of economic justice.