What are the Millennium Development Goals?
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) â€“ which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 â€“ form a blueprint agreed to by all the worldâ€™s countries and all the worldâ€™s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the worldâ€™s poorest. The Goals
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger 2. Achieve universal primary education
Ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling 3. Promote gender and equality and empower women
Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005 and at all levels by 2015 4. Reduce child mortality
Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five 5. Improve maternal health
Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio
6. Combat HIV/AIDS malaria and other diseases
Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
Halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases 7. Ensure environmental sustainability
Integrate the principles of sustainable development into the country policies and programmes; reverse 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 8. Develop a global partnership for development
Develop further an open trading and financial system that is rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory, includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reductionâ€” nationally and internationally Address the least developed countries’ special needs. This...