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Executive summary

What kind of world do we want to live in? The Millennium Declaration lays

out a vision that links poverty reduction and development, human rights and

democracy, protection of the environment, and peace and security. Like many

proclamations before it, the Millennium Declaration is cast in soaring, inspira-

tional language. Its goals are lofty. Its hopes are high. But are we serious? Does

the global community, particularly those who hold power in countries both

rich and poor, have the courage to make the decisions, to challenge the status

quo, to guide the transformative change necessary to advance this vision? Will

those whose lives and health depend on these actions have the space, the lever-

age, and the will to demand and ensure that they do?