The 8 Millennium Development Goals were defined by the UN and adopted by its 189 member states in the year 2000.
They seek to substantially influence the quality of life for the most poor, promoting individual achievements in eight areas of development by 2015.
The goals are:
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Achieve universal primary education
- Promote gender equality and women empowerment
- Reduce child mortality rates
- Improve maternal health
- Combate HIV / AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- Ensure environmental sustainability
- Develop a global partnership for development
On the other hand, the Global Compact is a tool promoted by the United Nations providing free membership for companies, unions and civil society organizations.
Its principles are:
- Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights laws within their sphere of influence
- Companies must ensure they are not accomplices in violations of human rights
- Uphold the freedom of association and collective bargaining rights
- Eliminate forced and compulsory labor
- Effective abolition of child labor
- Eliminate discrimination in employment and occupation
- Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
- Promote greater environmental responsibility
- Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
- Businesses should work against corruption in all forms, including extortion and bribery
Our voluntary adherence to these 10 principles of the Global Pact is a product of the firm conviction to join all efforts aimed at building a more just and democratic society, seeking to involve other organizations to work with us.
Although our contribution is small, Hogar de Cristo is enabling Ecuador to advance in meeting these goals and principles, by getting at the root of the many causes of exclusion and poverty.
The National Good Living Plan from 2009-2013, driven by the Government of Ecuador, includes 10 principles and 12 objectives that seek to promote “the satisfaction of needs, the improvement of the quality of life and death, to love and be loved, healthy and the flourishment of all people in peace and harmony with nature and the indefinite prolongation of human cultures.”
The Good Life “presupposes free time for contemplation and emancipation, and the freedom, opportunities, skills and real potential for individuals to flourish in such a way that would achieve what society, territories, the various identities collective and individual, see as universal and, at the same time, valued as a desirable living objective (both materially and subjectively, and without producing any kind of domination to another).”
The mission and vision of Hogar de Cristo, therefore, is not only aligned with these major international and national targets but contributes directly to the eradication of poverty and hunger, improving the quality of life, restoration of rights, education and development, health, training, economic solidarity, gender equality, women empowerment, child labor eradication, social protection, environmental sustainability, and the combating of corruption, among others.