Millennium Development Goals – 1,000 days of action

One date in the church calendar that would apparently seem to be fixed is the Feast of the Annunciation, traditionally marked in March 25 (9 months before Christmas Day), this year it would have collided with Easter.  So this year, with Mary’s due date still being 25th December, the celebration of the annunciation has been moved to April 8th!  Three days ahead of this, 5 April, the UN marked the 1,000-day mark to the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It does seem that setting marker dates for change has enabled progress to be made and the goals have been a spur to better action.

The feast of the annunciation is an appropriate day to focus in Milliennium Development Goal 5, to improve maternal health.  The target included to reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio. The UN has represented progress in these infographics. There are 1,000 days to accelerate action on all the development goals including maternal health as well as hunger, access to education, improved sanitation and gender equality.