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Karlsruhe: Millennium Declaration

Wording of the Millennium Declaration

Die acht Millenniumsziele

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Goal 7: Ensure environ­men­tal sustaina­bi­lity
Goal 8: Develop a global partner­ship for development
 
In the year 2000, the heads of gover­n­ments and states from 189 United Nations member states adopted a strategy for a new global partner­ship for develop­ment. As a result, the ‘Mill­en­nium Decla­ra­tion’ was formulated, which is a global agreement between industrial and developing countries. Eight definite and measurable goals were defined, laying down clear guidelines which were accepted by all of the 189 gover­n­ments. On 14.02.2007 the 'Asso­cia­tion of German Cities and Towns' officially joined the Millennium Campaign. The imple­men­ta­tion of the campaign on a local level should lead to a wider acceptance by the general public.

Karlsruhe City Council consented to the Millen­ni­um Decla­ra­tion on 26.06.2007.

Wording of the Millennium Declaration:

The City of Karlsruhe

welcomes the United Nations’ goals for develop­ment, defined in the year 2000, to create a better, fairer and safer world,

is aware of the fact that the obliga­ti­ons resulting from the United Nations’ Millennium Campaign are mainly the concern of the gover­n­ments of the 189 parti­ci­pa­ting UN member states,

confirms, however, its intention to work towards the Campaign’s goals for develop­ment to the best of its abilities, and

will therefore consider
to what extent the following activities can be carried out:

1. Strategies in the field of infor­ma­tion and awareness raising

  • Initiating own activities and supporting third-party activities in order to spread infor­ma­tion on the Campaign's goals for develop­ment amongst the general public and to raise awareness for the problems in question.
  • Encou­ra­ging dialogue and coope­ra­tion with foreign commu­ni­ties, in particular with those from regions focused on by the Campaign, within local gover­n­ment services (e.g. nurseries, schools, youth clubs, libraries, museums, adult education centres, leisure centres), with the aim to make an issue which is relatively abstract for many people more accessible through direct contact.

2. Strategies concerned with networking and concen­tra­tion of activi­ties

  • Promoting and supporting a broad alliance of local actors (NGOs, schools, univer­si­ties, local business and trades, churches, etc.) to give the efforts and activi­ties for realising the Campaign's goals for develop­ment as much acceptance and consis­tency as possible.
  • Organising town twinning activities orientated towards reaching the Campaign's goals for develop­ment (e.g. including the issues in question in the working programme establis­hed with the twin cities; exchanging ideas with them; carrying out joint projects).

3. Strategies promoting global-minded and respon­si­ble local policies

  • Questio­ning whether our local gover­n­ment's policies are in line with the 'One World' principles and support the general basis of the Millennium goals for develop­ment (e.g. use of fair trade products in the city council, schools, hospitals, nurseries and during local events, respecting the principles of fair trade and sustaina­bi­lity in the provision of material for the council's depart­ments including energy, building materials, work clothing, office equipment, energy-saving vehicles and energy-efficiency enhan­ce­ments).

4. Strategies supporting commu­ni­ties in the southern hemis­phe­re

  • Widening the twin city network to create three-way partner­ships with one or more E.U. cities and one local government from a developing country in the southern hemisphere.
  • Promoting stronger, self-governed cities in develo­ping countries by supporting local knowledge transfer through the employment of experts in local develop­ment projects carried out by insti­tu­ti­ons experi­enced in this field.

is convinced that local commitment towards the Campaign’s goals for develop­ment can help to work against poverty migration to Europe,

calls upon the Federal Government to appreciate the local gover­n­ments’ intention to play their part in reaching the Campaign’s goals for develop­ment and to strengthen their role in this field.

signed
Heinz Fenrich
Lord Mayor