News — July 15, 2015

JCI Displays Commitment to Advancing the Millennium Development Goals while Focusing on the Future

In 2000, world leaders gathered at the United Nations to discuss bold strategies on how to fight global issues including poverty, hunger, disease and inequality. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established with eight targets of development and a deadline of 2015. These eight goals provide a blueprint for active citizens to take action in their communities to create positive change increasing human dignity around the world. 

To support this initiative, JCI officially committed to advancing the MDGs in 2004. The MDGs alongside the JCI Active Citizen Framework provide active citizens, businesses, governmental and non-governmental organizations a roadmap to creating impact and developing sustainable solutions to specific community needs while furthering the three stages of community development: Health and Wellness, Education and Economic Empowerment and Peace, Prosperity and Sustainability. Over the years, JCI members across the globe have demonstrated their commitment to these goals by conducting projects in their communities advancing the MDGs.

During the 2014 JCI Global Partnership Summit in New York City, USA the attending delegates resolved to create and distribute a report of the advancements JCI National and Local Organizations have made toward achieving the MDGs. Using the JCI Project Gallery, over 200 projects were identified that contributed toward achieving these ambitious goals. Furthermore, many projects achieved more than one MDG upon completion.   

 

To achieve the MDGs, JCI members partner with businesses, local communities, governments and other non-governmental organizations to further their impact. Many National and Local Organizations carry out long-term projects and yearly projects to enhance the outcome. JCI’s partnership with Nothing But Nets has encouraged thousands of members to participate in the fight against malaria; the highest number of projects have contributed to advance MDG 6 combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. 

Another majority of projects by National and Local Organizations focused on MDG 7 to ensure environmental sustainability. JCI members have demonstrated their commitment to environmental sustainability by conducting projects which have not only provided safe and clean access to water, but also integrated sustainable polices into government practices addressing basic sanitation needs creating further impact in the community.

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the JCI Movement and recognition of the 2015 target-deadline, 100 projects will be included in a report defining JCI’s contribution to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).This report features projects from National and Local Organizations from all parts of the world and highlights the impact JCI and its members have on inspiring and leading sustainable change within communities. The final report will be distributed at the 2015 JCI Global Partnership Summit, July 28–31 in New York City, USA. Visit the 2015 JCI Global Partnership website to learn more about attending this much anticipated event.

Looking toward the future, the United Nations is already moving forward in developing and implementing the post-2015 development agenda; the agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity that also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. The agenda resolves to take collaborative action to transform the world by 2030. 

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