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S eb y ’s MDG Ne ws An Interview with an UN Ambassador

Goals four and five go together because it’s about young children dying and mothers dying during pregnancy. Here are some facts about Goals four (To reduce the number of babies and children who die), and Goal five (To ensure safe and healthy motherhood). •

Worldwide, more than ten million children die before they reach the age of five. Many infant die from: measles, diarrhea, and malaria. 90% of worldwide under-five deaths occur in just 42 countries. In the UK mothers deaths during childbirth are only 13 cases per 1,000 live births. However in Nepal in 1996, 539 women were dying for every 1,000 live births

These are some fast facts about Goals 4 and 5.

Seby: Thank you for coming here to talk about equal chances for girl and women. Sir: I’m glad to do it. Seby: Okay, if you were a girl of six years old and people said that you couldn’t go to school. Would you say that it’s unfair or would you just go on in life? Sir: Well, if I were in that situation I think that I would have tried to get proper education but they would say no. Seby: Why is it important to have equal chances for girls and women? Sir: It is important to have equal chances for girls and women because if they’re educated they can get a good job and help the society. Seby: Do you think that this goal will be reached by 2015? Sir: We are all working hard to reach it, but if we really want to reach it then we will have to work harder. Seby: Thank you so much for sharing your answers. Sir: You welcome

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Fast Facts

Hello, my name is Seby (Sebastian) Wijnands and I collect information about the MDG. This is an interview with an ambassador of the United Nations. I’m going to ask him questions about equal chances for girls and women.

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‘ Women hold up half the sky’ Traditional Chinese saying

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Fast Facts Goal six is a very important goal because it deals with health. The MDG named this goal “ To fight infectious diseases.” Here are some of the many facts about fighting infectious diseases. • • •

Every day 8,000 people die from AIDS. Malaria kills more than one million people a year. Every year 8.8 million people get tuberculosis, every day 5,500 die from it.

These were some of the many facts about goal six ( To fight infectious diseases).

Sharing Responsibility

environment is all polluted, then we The eighth goal of the United Nations is to share responsibility for making the world a better place. This

will all be sorry and nothing would get better. So now I’m asking everybody

goal is the most important goal

who reads this to start donating

because if we all help poverty would

money to those who need it. So you

lower and the environment would get

can make their life as happy and

more sustainable.

healthy as yours.

If we don’t get involved to share responsibility then things could happen. Like instead of poverty lowering, poverty would increase.

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Also the environment would get less

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sustainable. But worst of all is that in

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five hundred years from now, when

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we all live in poverty and the

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‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Martin Luther King

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Goal-2: to educate every child Every kid should have education. Developing countries have more

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boys in school than girls. United States has some kids that drop out of high school due to

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‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.’ Nelson Mandela

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poverty. Children shouldn’t be taken out of

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school.

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About half the kids who don’t go to school are girls. Teachers need to be more helpful. If every child would get education poverty would be lower. Out of the whole world 120 million kids don’t go to school. Not very many girls go to school

Goal-1: to reduce poverty

To reduce poverty was the first goal made by the United Nations. It is also the main goal because all the other goals lead off of it. Living in poverty is extremely hard because it is dirty and everybody is always thirsty and hungry. The most people who live in poverty live in Africa. In the poorest countries of Africa many kids die of hunger. Worldwide, 1.1 billion people don’t have clean water. Do you have more than one toilet in your house? Well, all over the world 2.6 billion people don’t have a toilet or latrine nearby. Now you can see how lucky some of us are. It is my hope that everyone who reads this will now know not to start crying or whining when something tiny happens because you know how hard some people have it in life.

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Our Environment

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The environment is important. We have to care for trees and soil. For years and years the earth was clean. But now it is being destroyed. We’re destroying mother earth.

‘Take care of the earth, and it will take care of you.’

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Map of Pollution This map shows where pollution is the most common and where it is uncommon. As you can see the most pollution is in China and the least pollution is in South America. Take a look at how much pollution your home country produces.

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