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USF Student Draws Awareness to Millennium Development Goals
November 2, 2011

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a series of eight international goals that revolve around common social and economic issues affecting the world community. As designed by the United Nations, every nation and leading development organization across the globe have agreed to meet these specific challenges by 2015. Targeting real world issues such as health and disease, the eight MDGs are:

  • Ending poverty and hunger
  • Providing universal education
  • Promoting and creating gender equality
  • Increasing child health and decreasing the infant mortality rate
  • Improving maternal health care
  • Combating HIV/AIDS
  • Ensuring environmental sustainability, and
  • Developing global partnerships.

Jackie Briggs, a USF International Studies major and an Honor’s College student is making it her thesis goal to highlight the Millennium Development Goals and bring awareness to them within the Tampa Bay community.

A former Advocacy Intern with the Tampa Bay United Nations Association, she first heard of the MDGs during a class. “I was appalled that the development goals weren’t being promoted in mainstream media, that no one knew about them. So I decided to focus my thesis on drawing awareness to them.”

Jackie will host an event titled “The United Nations Millennium Development Goals: Impact Your World: Global Citizenship in the 21st Century” during the 2011 International Education Week. Taking place at the MSC Oval Theater on November 17th, the event will begin with a video featuring Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, professor of Health Policy & Management at Columbia University and Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Introducing the Millennium Goals, Dr. Sachs will give the audience a clear understanding of the importance of meeting each goal. The video will be followed by a panel discussion with USF faculty and other authorities on the subject.

After the panel, students and staff can visit information tables where facts relevant to each MDG will be displayed. Jackie hopes that seeing figures and hard facts will help people understand the importance of the Millennium Development Plan and motivate them to act in any way they can. 

“I want people to realize that there are local organizations in their backyard who they can work with to achieve these goals,” said Jackie.