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The Millennium Development Goals

Adopted at the UN Millennium Summit in New York during September 2000, eight specific Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed upon, designed as key targets for the developing world, to be met by 2015 aiming to combat extreme poverty across the world. The declaration was adopted by 189 nations and signed by 147 heads of state. It was the main document of the Summit, containing a statement of values, principles and objectives for the international agenda for the twenty-first century. The Millennium Declaration promised to: “free all men, women, and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty.” It was accepted that these goals would be seen as a framework for measuring development progress.

The eight MDGs that were agreed upon were:

Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

  • Target: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day.
  • Target: To halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015.

Achieve universal primary education

  • Target: Ensure that by 2015 children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

Promote gender equality and empower women

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

Reduce child mortality

  • Target: Between 1990 and 2015, reduce the under-five mortality rate by two thirds.
  • Improve maternal health
  • Target: Between 1990 and 2015, reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters.

Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

  • Target: To have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS.
  • Target: To achieve universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS by 2010.
  • Target: To have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.

Ensure environmental sustainability

  • Target: By 2015, halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

Develop a global partnership for development

  • Target: To deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries through national and international measures and make debt sustainable in the long term.