Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pick up where the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) left off.
These new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty. Everywhere. Permanently.This is also the deadline year for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which in September 2000 rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty.
Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute:
For anyone in the Catholic Church to suggest the adoption of the SDGs in light of their inclusion of ‘sexual and reproductive health’ is thus unconscionable”.
This is why we have fought battle after battle at the UN and other international forums to specifically exclude abortion, sterilization, and contraception. To continue to promote ‘reproductive health’ without first removing from the term its legal implication for the promotion of abortion and contraception is to be complicit with its present meaning and everything that follows.
My comments regarding the Millennium Development Goals (for which I received a personal thank-you from Cardinal William Keeler (former Chair for the Committee on Pro-Life Activities):
… the Church must demand the exact opposite. She must insist that specific language be included in all documents pertaining to the achievement of the MDGs stating that there is not to be any degree of support for expanding access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, including family planning and contraceptive information and services, as an MDG goal or target, either directly or indirectly.
The Church must state her position clearly and emphatically. She must be faithful to her mandate to represent the Way, the Truth and the Life, her very Lord and Master, Christ Jesus. It is through Him that She must find ways to share the goods of creation, which He destined for the whole human race. [Excerpt from The Millennium Development Goals and the Critical Next Step for the Catholic Church.]
Sadly, the Vatican is still beguiled by Jeffery Sachs.