Source: OneWorld South Asia
On November 17, 2005 OneWorld South Asia reported, "Over twenty organizations representing different faiths - including Art of Living, Brahmakumaris, Ramakrishna Mission, Sant Nirankari Mandal, Diocese of Agra and Church of North India, Emmanuel Hospital Association, Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief, World Vision India, Bharat Sokagakkai, Bahai National Spiritual Assembly, and UNESCO Parza and the World Interfaith forum - participated in an inter-faith connectedness on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs translate human development into simple and meaningful objectives; they go right to the heart of improving lives of people and address some of the most enduring problems of human suffering. More importantly, they are achievable goals, dependent only upon political will and citizen’s determination. In substance, they constitute an agenda for eradicating poverty – human poverty not just income poverty – in the world. Faith leaders and FBOs have always been part of global solutions for human suffering. They have demonstrated their love and compassion through education and health initiatives. Innovations such as telemedicine in health and ICT in education have linked this deprived community to [the] world."