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The UN Millennium Campaign: Poverty in Papua New Guinea and Canada (Vignette Series 1/5)

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Published on Nov 18, 2010

The project sets out to discover how the lives of 10 ordinary people around the world are impacted in intimate, powerful ways by the level of progress that their countries have made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals -- the set of promises world leaders made in the year 2000 to eradicate extreme poverty and its root causes by the year 2015. The project juxtaposes a series of 2.5 minute vignettes following the lives of men, women and children in Rwanda, Kenya, Egypt, Papua New Guinea, India, the Philippines, Germany, Spain, Canada and the United States. The juxtaposition of these stories powerfully illustrates why the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals is critical to the lives of millions of people across the planet. From Rwanda, where a female Parliamentarian discusses her experience serving her country, to Kenya, where a former political candidate discusses the violence she faced during her campaign, the vignettes show what is really at stake when world leaders deliver on or fail to keep their commitments to MDGs such as women's empowerment. Furthermore, the vignettes capture extraordinary progress on the MDGs in some of the poorest countries and most challenging situations -- making the case that they can be achieved anywhere, if governments simply make the political commitment.

Millennium Development Goals website: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

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