YouTube, Will.i.am, and nonprofit organizations Oxfam, GCAP, Save the Children and Comic Relief have launched a new YouTube channel “In My Name,” as a global effort to raise awareness around United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
From YouTube website:
In September 2000, at the United Nations Millennium Summit, world leaders agreed to the Millennium Development Goals, a set of time-bound and measurable goals for combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.
The deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals is September 2015 — we must act now if we want to achieve these goals by their deadline.
Visit www.youtube.com/inmyname to upload a video stating your name, your home country, and your simple message to your government about the need to meet the MDGs. Be as creative, compelling, simple, or wordy as you like — this is your chance to join the video petition to end world hunger. You can do this before November 1st.
On November 1, most powerful submissions will be selected and a mash-up is created and broadcast around the world directly to global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly. This in turn will act as proof to the commitment of the global citizens to create a better world for everyone
Here is a list of United Nations Millennium Development Goals for your quick reference.
- End Poverty & Hunger
- Universal Education
- Gender Equality
- Child Health
- Maternal Health
- Combat HIV/AIDS
- Environmental Sustainability
- Global Partenership
If you are more interested to read about poverty , I suggest you read the book “The End of Poverty” by renowned economist Jeffrey D. Sachs. It is an interesting book where the author explains about how the world economics have started and what eventually led to a vast divide between the rich and the poor economies. And possible solutions to to eliminate extreme poverty around the world by 2025.