Time for Canada to assume responsibility

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In 2000, the world harnessed incredible energy to develop the Millennium Development Goals – time-limited
targets for addressing extreme poverty, hunger, disease, and lack of shelter, all while promoting gender equality,
education, and environmental
sustainability. In 2015, these goals are due for renewal.

In 2000, the world harnessed incredible energy to develop the Millennium Development Goals – time-limited
targets for addressing extreme poverty, hunger, disease, and lack of shelter, all while promoting gender equality,
education, and environmental
sustainability. In 2015, these goals are due for renewal.
Over those 15 years, huge gains have been made in reducing extreme poverty and improving health and education worldwide; the gulf between the
developed and developing worlds has never been so small. And despite all the negative press about the global
economy, aid continues to grow,
reaching $135 billion in 2013, the
highest level ever recorded.
But while the world musters the will to finally confront humanity’s oldest miseries, Canada fails to assume its global responsibility, as it does in so many other areas. While total world aid increased by 6%, Canada’s dropped 11%, and is the lowest of all major donor nations despite an enviable
economy. It is now barely half of what it was in 1987.
As the new development goals are crafted this year, we have a chance to change this shameful record and increase aid funding. It’s time Canada stands up in the world as a mature nation and assumes its responsibility towards the global poor.
Nathaniel Poole
VICTORIA, BC