MDGs and youth as the agent of change

July 2, 2008 at 4:05 PM 8 comments

I recently joined this international forum due to my friend persuasion. At first i thought it would be a-fun-new-networking-to-build forum only, yet i realized it opened my eyes, somehow, about something I usually read on the newspaper and how it is so important, and we as youth can do something about it.

before going too far, firstly I would tell you a bit about MDGs. I bet not all of you know about this so called MDGs: what is that anyway?

the horizontal logo

MDGs or The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world’s main development challenges. The MDGs are drawn from the actions and targets contained in the Millennium Declaration that was adopted by 189 nations-and signed by 147 heads of state and governments during the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000. 

that definition above, I took it from the UNDP’s website. the goals are:

the goals

for further informations about all of those above, you can simply click:

as an Indonesian youth, I frankly saying that I don’t really care about these MDGs until last week. But the forum really opened my eyes to be aware and concern about these things even more.

as the goals are expected to achieved in 2015, it is hard for me to have such optimism to achieved that, at least in Indonesia. Not because I’m such a pesimistic person, but because the reality and situations make me conclude such thing.

you see, the awareness of MDGs in Indonesia are lame. Don’t talk about the remote area, even in big cities not many people understand, or at least know, or at least have heard about this before. If this the reality, how can the government and UN can simply put 2015 as the finish line?

publicities of MDGs are not happening. the movies and advertisments about cellphones are much more merrier than about MDGs.

but we can change that. we can do something about this. I’m not talking about big things, I’m not yet capable on that. What I’m trying to say here is that as youth, we can spread the awareness of MDGs and its progress to people, and create mutual cooperation in the implementation of MDGs. will find difficulties. it’s not a doubt. there are so many things about our ‘bad’ cultures that should be managed to a better good. for example, if we are talking about environment, in spite of talking those big things about illegal logging and oxygen problems, we can see even in big cities like Jakarta, the awareness of people throwing their trash to the bin are a big problem. many people still find that it is not a big deal throwing trashes everywhere, even on the streets.

this bad habits won’t lead to a good future. many people still live in their egoistic world. in spite thinking about the future they will face, they still think about today’s money and stuff. well i don’t say it less important, but at least we can spare our brain to think about what action we are doing now that will have impacts to the future.

rather than spending big money every year for flood problem, i think it will be wiser for the government to educate its society how to live properly so that annual flood won’t strike the lovely-capital of Jakarta anymore. but no, many Indonesian are having short term memory lost so that they would easily forgot about their bad habits that caused the flood. what they can do when another annual flood strike is just crying over charities from the government to help them.

arrghhh……i don’t know, is this only my egoist thoughts or what, but i hate to see my own country facing the same problem over and over again. and it’s not about something bizzare that smart people couldn’t find a way to stop it. it is just a matter of awareness for god sake!

anyway, talking back about MDGs, I feel so full of spirit to begin my act on this. by just writing this blog, I think I have done the first step to spread the awareness of MDGs in the nation. but since this is not the end, I hope i can do better in the near future.

since I’m not capable yet in the other 7 goal, i think i can do something about goal number 8. it’s about cooperation for development. not that i’m experienced or what, but i think i can do more about that. the goal is merely the final goal to support the other 7. since achieving MDGs won’t be easy if a nation work alone, it is better to cooperate multilaterally on this.

to create networks, share stories and progress, propose actions, are some of many things we can try to develop this cooperation for MDGs. and as youth, we can do even more. the thing is, these actions would not easily achieved, since we have our so-called-national-interests that sometime can be a burden on achieving the goals.

but, this is the thought of mine that i hope can be the first step (at least for me) to create some better improvement about MDGs implementations on my country

of course, i realized, that my english writing sometime is hardly understandable. but this is just a little side of my imperfectness, at least i try ^^

youth for change!



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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. regi  |  July 7, 2008 at 6:38 AM

    …wha? Huh?


  • 2. amelia rhea josephine  |  July 8, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    okay..i take that as: you don’t understand what i wrote, regi? :p

  • 3. regi  |  July 10, 2008 at 12:09 AM

    MDGs is just so OMGOPTIMISTICWTFBBQ!!1!!

    not that anything’s wrong, but meh..

  • 4. regi  |  July 10, 2008 at 12:11 AM

    nambahin, di indo paling baru 10.000 taun lagi bisa kejadian, namanya jadiin TMDG (ten millenium development goal) aja hihi

    *kabur lagi ah

  • 5. amelia rhea josephine  |  July 10, 2008 at 7:33 AM

    i know….gw juga kagak buta2 amat bisa yakin indo bakal bisa mencapai target, tapi at least ada hal yang bisa dilakukan kan daripada hanya being pesimistic about the targets achieved taon 2015…

    mana mungkin indo bakal maju kalo mau liat sesuatu prediksi hasilnya mulu tanpa pernah dicoba lakukan langkah konkritnya…gitu loh bapak regi…

    ps: bsok jadi gw nge danus sama sapa aja? kalo sndirian ogah…:p

  • 6. patria  |  October 21, 2008 at 6:23 AM

    bagus2… inspiring tought. keep hoping that Indonesia can accomplish all mandatory and goals as outline in MDGs on 2015 is such overwhelm yet enthusiastic feeling a.k.a. lebay. hohoho..

    however, no matter how long does it take to make a better country which live side by side with other in global world today, Indonesia needs to take serious and comprehensive actions as positive reponses toward problems emerge. once again, never give up on hope, because when you stop hoping, then you stop everything in further…

    okay? semangat!!!

  • 7. saiiagit  |  January 3, 2009 at 7:04 AM

    chayOo. . maJu peRuUt paNtaT munduR. . .

    oOupz. .salah. . .maJu Truz, PanTang Mundur buUu> . . .hikz

    ganbatte. .

  • 8. adevelopingclimate  |  September 15, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    With less than a week until the Millennium development Goals UN Summit in New York lots of things seem to be happening to raise the profile of this event. We need to push these MDGs targets and one way to do this is which is really entertaining is through ONE’s Baby Campaign! This internet viral message is pretty clear and entertaining with talking baby heads and a clear message it will likely generate some internet buzz as babies get sent around threatening to ‘Throw the bottle out of the Pram’ or ‘Put us on the naughty step’ unless we show some support. Check it out at

    and let others know so we can do something to fight extreme poverty and save babies from being born with a death sentence.


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