Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Millennium Development Goals: How should we deliver on these promises?

Millennium Development Goals: How should we deliver on these promises?

By 2015 India has pledged to achieve the following eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)-

Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Achieve universal primary education
Promote gender equality and women’s empowerment by eliminating gender disparity in schools
Reduce the child mortality rate
Reduce the maternal mortality rate
Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Ensure environment sustainability
Develop global partnership for development
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As young Indians, assess where the gaps and challenges lie and then tell us how our country can achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):

How to enter

You should be an Indian citizen between the ages of 18 to 35 years.
* The first step is to register with us at with your name and email id. We will then be in touch with you.
* You must acquaint yourself with the Millennium Development Goals.
* Then rank the following 10 constituents on a scale of 10 to 1, in their order of importance for the achievement of the MDGs. The category you feel is more important figures higher on the scale.

1. Celebrities
2. Corporate leaders
3. Educationists
4. Elected representatives
5. Government officials
6. Health personnel
7. NGOs
8. The Judiciary
9. The Media
10. The Youth
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Tell us what the most important things that need to be done are to achieve the MDGs. You may choose from the following formats to express yourself:
# A 1000-word essay #Or a pictorial strip # Or a film not longer than five minutes using a mobile phone or digital camera.

* Every contestant must enclose a birth certificate and a statement certifying that the work submitted is original.
* Each contestant can send in only one entry. Entries from teams comprising not more than three persons would also be considered, provided that the oldest member in the team is not more than 35 years.
* Entries should be sent in an envelope marked 'Mera India, Bridge the Gap' to Women’s Feature Service, G-69 Second Floor, Nizamuddin West, New Delhi –110013.

* Entries can also be emailed to:, along with a scanned birth certificate and statement certifying that the work is original.

The Prizes
1st prize – Rs 75,000
2nd prize – Rs 50,000
3rd prize – Rs 25,000
Many other prizes too!
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Each entry would be judged on its content, its innovative nature and the practicability of the ideas suggested. The jury will be a panel of independent persons well known in their respective fields.
Prize winners will be invited to a special awards function in New Delhi and your ideas will be shared with policy makers, civil society leaders and people in various fields who can make a difference.

Last Date for receiving entries: October 5, 2009

The decision of our panel of judges will be final.

Organised by Unnati Features and Women’s Feature Service

Supported by the UN Millennium Campaign

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