February 2007: Urge Congress to renew the U.S. commitment to the Millennium Development Goals

In 2000, the United States pledged to support the Millennium Development Goals to reduce extreme poverty, hunger and disease by 2015. It is now time to act on this commitment by funding proven and effective poverty interventions.

Each year the combined effected of AIDS, TB and malaria kill more than 6 million people. Yet for each disease there is proven and effective treatment. This year we are asking for $1.4 billion for the Global Fund, the most effective funding mechanism to halt and reverse the spread of AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Globally there are over 90 million primary aged children not in school. In much of Africa and elsewhere, school fees remain the number one barrier to education. Yet, the education of girls is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty and disease and promote democracy and development, which is why we are asking for $1 billion for global basic education.

Globally 1.2 billion people, mainly women and their children struggle to survive on less than $1 a day. Microcredit, small loans often as little as $50 given mainly to poor women in the developing world, offers women and families self employment opportunities to bring themselves out of poverty. This powerful development tool has already reached over 113 million borrowers worldwide often with a 95 percent calculated repayment rate. We are asking Congress to invest $250 million overall with half of all funding devoted to those living on less than $1 a day.

Conclusion/Call to Action

Please help lead Congress toward a renewed commitment to investing our fair share to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Will you please communicate these foreign aid funding priorities to the Foreign Ops chair Nita Lowey and ranking member Frank Wolf?

Suggested Questions:

  • How many are killed each year by AIDS, TB, and malaria?
  • What is our request for funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria?
  • How many primary school-aged children are not in school, world-wide?
  • What is our basic education funding request?
  • How many people live on less than $1/day?
  • What is our microcredit request?
  • What are we asking our members of Congress to do?