Â· More than one billion people around the world live on less than a dollar a day. 30,000 will die today; one every three seconds. As Americans, we have an historic opportunity to help those who live in extreme poverty: those who are hungry, those who suffer from AIDS or malaria, and those who lack access to education or clean drinking water.
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Ã Provide access to clean water to 450 million people;
Ã Put 77 million children, most of whom are girls, in school;
Ã Save 16,000 lives a day that are currently lost to AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; and
Ã Prevent more than 5.4 million young children from dying each year from poverty-related illnesses.
Â· The United States Senate took a critical step in the right direction when it agreed, in March, to increase the international-affairs allocation in the FYâ08 Budget Resolution by a total of $2.2 billion. (This section of the budget contains nearly all the money
Â· As the House-Senate budget resolution is an advisory document, this important Senate victory must now be adopted by both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the bodies that will set the binding spending levels for all
Â· Investment in the fight against poverty and disease â along with other aspects of the International Affairs budget â is critical not just to our nationâs humanitarian values, but also to building global stability. The 2006 National Security Strategy asserted that â[International] Development reinforces diplomacy and defense, reducing long-term threats to our national security by helping build stable, prosperous, and civil societies.â
Â· As 2007 represents the halfway point to the MDGs, this year is a critical moment in the worldâs progress.
GENERAL CONVENTION POLICY: The 74th General Convention of the Episcopal Church adopted resolution D 006 endorsing the Millennium Development Goals. The 75th General Convention voted to make the Churchâs work for peace and justice, with a particular emphasis on the MDGs, the top mission priority for the present triennium.