The India government has set Millennium Development Goals and presents an in-depth look at their progress in achieving these goals every few years. A very large and very important election is about to happen and politicians are campaigning on these items. So what are they?
They are clear indications that India’s Government promises to focus on welfare. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are:
- Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
- Achieve Universal Primary Education
- Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
- Reduce Childhood Mortality
- Improve Maternal Health
- Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB
- Ensure Environmental Stability
- Develop Global Partnership for Development
On an interesting side note, Coca-Cola is planning a huge marketing blitz in 2014 to try and move the ranking for Coke from 4th to 1st. Two of their other products Thumbs Up Cola and Sprite are ahead of Coke and so is Pepsi. But seriously, the MDGs are refreshing to see and the progress they are making is great. Of course, this goals is not a government goal nor will it help the welfare of the people, but I thought it was an interesting ‘goal’ in the Hindustantimes news.
Honduras has a new President, Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is just 46 years old. He also cares about the welfare of his country and has vowed an ‘iron-fist approach’ to dealing with the crime in his country. This Honduras President vows to clean up the street. He is asking the U.S. for more help in cracking down on drugs. It is reported that about 70% of all homicides in Honduras are linked to the trafficking of drugs.
He cites security issues and it is reported that 80% of the drugs heading to the United States go through his country. Right before being elected President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez was the president of the congress and helped pass legislation creating a new military police force that will help security.
Honduras suffers similar difficult economic issues as India with at least 50% of Hondurans unemployed or underemployed and over 65% living in poverty in this country of 8.5 million people. It is reported their economy grew at less than 3% last year.
Both countries are focusing on their people and wanting to make better lives for them. Whether it is focusing on poverty, disease and mortality of children or whether it is focusing on the mortality and poverty that street crime and drugs cause, these two different countries are definitely focusing on the same agenda.
Both of these countries are rich in their culture and there are certainly rich and ‘well to do’ countrymen. One would wish for a Robin Hood to help the poor from within their own country monetarily for things most of us take for granted, like food, clean water and a safe place to sleep at night.