The Millennium Development Goals in Borneo

26th July 2014

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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are 8 international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Development Declaration. All 189 United Nations member states at the time (there are 193 currently) and at least 23 international organisations committed to help achieve the following Millennium Development Goals by 2015:

  1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. To achieve universal primary education
  3. To promote gender equality and empower women
  4. To reduce child mortality
  5. To improve maternal health
  6. To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
  7. To ensure environmental sustainability
  8. To develop a global partnership for development

How will expedition 14E&F work towards the MDG’s?

In participating in projects in Borneo, venturers and volunteer managers will directly contribute to some of the world’s Millennium Development Goals.

Alpha 1 in Sonsogon Magandai

In the village of Sonsogon Magandai, Alpha 1 will be constructing a 20 x 40 foot building to house transformers for solar panels and also a teaching space for the project. During their time in the village, two women will travel to India to learn how to maintain the solar panels and on their return they will be able to teach others. Alpha 1 will contribute to Millennium Development Goals 3, 7 and 8.  In addition, through the surveying of the area for a feasible water source and plan for installations of toilets, they will also support the achievement of goals 4 and 6 with future Raleigh projects in 2015.

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Alpha 2 in Kampung Lumou

By providing Kampung Lumou with access to clean, safe water and in education the community on basic sanitation, Alpha 2 will contribute to Millennium Development Goal 4 and 6.  Currently the villagers either use unclean rain water or spend hours walking to the nearest river to access water. In addition, with the help of the WASH programme, they will also be helping to combat water borne diseases.

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Alpha 3 in Maliau Basin

Maliau Basin is a Class 1 protected primary rainforest yet the threat from loggers is on-going. Raising the reputation and profile of this as one of the world’s wonders of bio-diversity and endemic species is crucial in the conservation effort of Maliau Basin.  In improving infrastructure through maintaining and building new trails that enhances the experience of visitors and allows scientists and students to continue vital bio-diversity studies, Alpha 3 will directly contributed to Millennium Development Goal 7 – ensuring environmental sustainability.

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Alpha 4 in Imbak Canyon

The future environmental sustainability of the world is a top priority for the global community and as one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world, Imbak Canyon requires projects like the one carried out by Alpha 4 to continue the research into this precious area to protect against illegal logging and hunting. By improving the trail network within Imbak Canyon, Alpha 4 has contributed to allowing further studies of the flora and fauna there. There are potentially new species to be discovered and important research could lead to medical progress. Alpha 4 have directly contributed to Millennium Development Goal 7 – ensuring environmental sustainability.

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Alpha 7 in Kampung Liu

Access to education is something we often take for granted. Yet, for many it is something unachievable.  Education should be a resource that is accessible worldwide, with education individuals can strive towards a more informed and potentially prosperous future.  With the hard work of Alpha 7, the village of Liu will have access to a safe environment in which to learn which has a direct impact on Millennium Development Goal 2 - achieving universal primary education.  The impact of this Community Learning Centre will be felt by generations to come. 

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Alpha 9 in Taliwas Rainforest

With this project, Alpha 9 will bolster the conservation effort at Taliwas Forest Reserve. This is Class 1 protected rainforest, yet it remains largely unknown to the outside world. The boardwalk project which the venturers will work on will help facilitate more visits by expedition groups and students to grow the understanding and appreciation of this fascinating conservation area. The vital infrastructure project they have undertaken will grow visitor numbers which will in turn raise the profile of this area. This supports the Millennium Development Goal number 7 – ensuring environmental sustainability.

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Victoria Riley

Communications Officer