Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Millennium goals

AusAID is the Australian Agency for International Development, a government agency which manages Australia's overseas aid program. The program started in 1946 with aid to Papua New Guinea, but it wasn't until 1974 that the roles of various departments were brought together into one agency.

These are the windows of the head office of AusAID, on London Circuit in Civic. The bright coloured icons represent the Millennium Development Goals - agreed targets set by the world's nations to reduce poverty by 2015 - which underpin Australia's aid program.

Simple drawing of a bowl of steaming food, representing MDG1

Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty

Simple drawing of a pencil, representing MDG2

Achieve universal primary education

Simple drawing of the symbol for women, a circle with a cross at the base, representing MDG3

Promote gender equality and empower women

Simple drawing of a child's teddy bear, representing MDG4

Reduce child mortality

Simple drawing of a pregnant woman, representing MDG5

Improve maternal health

Simple drawing of a bottle of medicine with cross, representing MDG6

Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Simple drawing of a plant with leaves or petals, representing MDG7

Ensure environmental sustainability

Simple drawing of a group of people, representing MDG8

Develop a global partnership for development