Title: Race Against Time (CBC Massey Lectures Series)
Author: Stephen Lewis
"I have spent the last four years watching people die." With these wrenching words, diplomat and humanitarian Stephen Lewis opens his 2005 Massey Lectures. In 2000, the United Nations Millennium Summit in New York introduced eight Millennium Development Goals on fundamental issues such as education, health, and cutting poverty in half by 2015. In audacious prose, alive with anecdotes ranging from maddening to hilarious to heartbreaking, Lewis shows why and how the international community if falling desperately short of these goals. He probes the appalling gap between vision and current reality, but he also offers bracingly attainable solutions.