The interesting phenomenon called “globalization” characterizes our current times. Globalization happens because we can communicate with each other worldwide more quickly than ever before. However, becoming more aware of worldwide problems and concerns makes us more interdependent. Globalization means that, eventually, we need global goals.
Last September, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). His purpose was to accelerate the member nations’ progress toward meeting eight global development goals by 2015: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; develop global partnerships to meet the goals.
The UN originally adopted the MDG in 2000, and there has been tremendous progress thanks to a combination of national strategies and international support. The secretary-general has urged world leaders to help the poor and vulnerable make ends meet, despite severe fiscal problems in many governments.
“Our long-standing work for development has always been based on global solidarity, on a shared interest, on a powerful sense of community and linked fates in an interconnected world,” said Ki-moon.
Our generation has clearly joined the global movement. The UN announced that our Goodwill Ambassadors, whose job it is to speak out, are being joined by actors, singers, athletes and other volunteers to push for action against extreme poverty, hunger and disease. With only five years left until the 2015 target date for achieving the MDG, there is a great collective effort to accelerate progress towards the goals.
Maui, a bright light in the global village, begins its contribution to the world by offering the spirit of aloha. Our community understands aloha not just as a word, but as a way of life lived in love and kindness to one another. In this way, Maui’s many service organizations already contribute to the MDG by helping and providing hope to those in need.