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The Millennium Development Goals

In September 2000, world leaders agreed a set of goals for the international community, to bring about a world in which sustaining development and eliminating poverty would have the highest priority.

These goals were based on agreements and resolutions of world conferences organised by the United Nations in the 1990s. The goals are commonly accepted as a framework for measuring "development" progress.

The goals establish yardsticks for measuring results, for developing countries and rich countries alike. The first seven goals are mutually reinforcing and are directed at reducing poverty in all its forms. The eighth goal is about the means to achieve the first seven.

By the year 2015, all 191 UN member countries have pledged to achieve these goals.

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The eight MDGs:

 

Goal 1: End extreme poverty and hungermdg-1-poverty

UN Targets:

  • Halve the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day
  • Halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger worldwide

 

 

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary educationmdg-2-education

UN Target:

  • Ensure that children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling

 

 

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower womenmdg-3-equality

UN Target:

  • Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015

 

 

Goal 4: Reduce child mortalitymdg-4-childMortality

UN Target:

  • Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate

 

 

Goal 5: Improve maternal healthmdg-5-maternal

UN Target:

  • Reduce by three-quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio

 

 

Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseasesmdg-6-diseases

UN Target:

  • Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other major diseases

 

 

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainabilitymdg-7-sustainability

UN Target:

  • Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources
  • Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water
  • Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020

 

 

Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for developmentmdg-8-development

UN Targets:

  • Develop a global partnership for development
  • Develop further an open trading and financial system that is rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory and that includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction, both nationally and internationally
  • Address the least developed countries’ special needs. This includes tariff- and quota-free access for their exports, enhanced debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries (HIPCs), cancellation of official bilateral debt, and more generous official development assistance for countries committed to poverty reduction
  • Address the special needs of landlocked and small island developing states.
  • Deal comprehensively with developing countries’ debt problems through national and international measures to make debt sustainable in the long term
  • In cooperation with the developing countries, develop decent and productive work for youth
  • In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
  • In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications technologies

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