Tell the Commonwealth it’s time to take urgent actions to meet the MDGs!
ONE (SINGAPORE) has joined some 400 civil society organisations and anti-poverty campaigners from across the globe in calling on leaders of the Commonwealth to take urgent actions to ensure that the health targets of the Millennium Development Goals are met for all two billion Commonwealth citizens by 2015.
While increased funding and attention to health issues have led to progress — including a significant reduction in child mortality, fewer deaths from malaria and greater access to life-saving drugs for people with HIV — much more work needs to be done in order to meet the MDGs.
Specifically, the Open Letter to the Commonwealth leaders calls on each country to take the following actions:
- Meet the minimum W.H.O. (World Health Organisation) standards, including providing at least 2.3 professional health workers for every 1000 people.
- Provide universal access to family planning services and ensure that all women are able to give birth with a skilled attendant.
- Scale up responses to tuberculosis and HIV
- Fully fund the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which is working to eradicate the second disease in human history
- Ensure that all citizens have access to safe drinking water and effective hygiene by 2015.
- Improve food security and nutrition by increasing support to small scale agricultural producers, particularly women.
The open letter was organised by Make Poverty History Australia and signed by Oxfam, ONE (SINGAPORE) and Save the Children, among other organisations. MPH Australia planned to present it to the Australian government prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth at the end of October. Unfortunately, the Australian Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined requests for a face-to-face meeting. The Open Letter and an online petition will now be submitted to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
You can add your voice to the online petition through Friday 11 November.
The Commonwealth includes 54 nations, largely former British colonies in Africa and Asia. Singapore joined the Commonwealth in 1965 and the Singapore Declaration of Commonwealth Principles provided the association with a set of ideals and shared values in 1971.
- Open Letter to the Commonwealth Heads of Government
- CHOGM 2011 Communique
- Commonwealth leaders vow to eradicate polio (The Hindu, 29 October 2011)
- The world is home to 7 billion people but how far has it come? by Babatunde Osotimehin (The Guardian, 31 October 2011)