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Promises to Keep - Crafting Better Development Goals

"The United Nations has always had lots of targets, goals, and  declarations. You probably didn’t know, for example, that 2014 is the International Year of Family Farming and the International Year of Crystallography—or that you are currently  living through the Decade of Action for Road Safety. Such initiatives  often reflect good intentions but rarely prove consequential. Between  1950 and 2000, at least 12 un resolutions called for some form of universal
education. In 1961, the so-called Addis Ababa Plan pledged that primary schooling in Africa would be “universal, compulsory and free” within  two decades. Twenty years later, nearly half of all African children  were still out of school. Countless other efforts promised equally  lofty achievements, from gender equality to world peace, that never materialized", by BJORN LOMBORG


Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are applied to all people (rich and poor) worldwide. We have ALL witnessed or been party to the failure of some Millennium Development Goals to achieve their assigned objectives. The struggles and upheavals around the world have highlighted the lack of sufficient knowledge and a global social service support system for local people, local governments as well as those who actively work toward sustainable and integrated development. Access to data, information, funding, and tools for development are not enough to guarantee success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sustainable development of our global society is possible, but will require a more coordinated effort from both donors and the recipients of support.

KFDWB  is working hard to empower local Citizen without distinction so that they know, understand, secure and enforce their roles, responsibilities, and engagements in the achievement of the MDGs and SDGs. See more at:

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Amouzou Bedi
25 November 2014

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