Commission on Global Reconciliation

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The MDGs are eight goals agreed to in 2000 by 189 heads of state and government―including the United States―from around the world that address the deepest material brokenness in the world today. The MDGs were endorsed by the 2003 General Convention and have provided structure and focus for the mission of many dioceses, congregations and individuals throughout the Episcopal Church.

Since 2006 our diocese has allocated 0.7% of the diocesan budget to support work done to achieve the  Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In 2016 the MDGs were replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals which extend and build on the achievements of the MDGs.

The Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the period 2015-2030

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (in line with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Commission on Global Reconciliation

The CGR is a commission appointed by the Bishop. Its responsibilities include:

Making informed recommendations to the Bishop and Commission on Finance and Administration about the disbursement of the 0.7% funds that our Diocese has pledged toward projects that will further the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals.

Building an accessible database of and facilitating connections among all ministries in the diocese engaged in world mission and international development

Providing opportunities for education about and engagement with works of global reconciliation―including using our connection in the Anglican Communion to build relationships with people and communities in the developing world.

CGR Prayer

Grant us Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:

A world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor.
A world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them.
A world where different races and cultures live in harmony with mutual respect.
A world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.

Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Links

Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation

Episcopal Relief and Development

Haiti Project

Millennium Development Goals

Resources

Letter to Parishes on Funding Recommendations 2017

MDG Projects Supported by Diocese of Milwaukee and Its Parishes

Diocese of Milwaukee Millennium Development Grants 2007-2015