Riddled with issues, such as fears of incomplete stadium construction and confirmed worker deaths, Brazil also faces deeper economic, social, and political costs of hosting the World Cup. These deeper issues and their outcomes set the stage for Brazil’s future status as a respected, modern, and developed nation.
“The millions of women and men who cast their ballots are a testament to the courage and the commitment of Afghans to exercise their rights and shape their future,” said the Secretary-General.
Noting the strong participation of women in the polls, he said the elections also marked “another step forward for Afghan women in taking their rightful place in society and having a say in their country’s future.”
Images from the central highlands of Madagascar, shot during production of a film about traditional silk weavers and how access to international markets is radically changing lives for the better, especially for women.
In September 2000, the member nations comprising the United Nations (UN) convened at the New York headquarters to adopt the Millennium Declaration. Eight individual goals were developed to alleviate extreme poverty and its underlying causes.
With the deadline swiftly approaching, it is time to measure progress against the MDGs, beginning with the first two goals.