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Sustainable Development

What are the Millennium Development Goals?

Question and Answer | 20-01-2015

At the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000, 189 world leaders unanimously adopted the Millennium Declaration, pledging “We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than one billion of them are currently subjected.” The Declaration led to the articulation of eight specific Millennium Development Goals, to be achieved between 1990 and 2015:

  • Halving extreme poverty and hunger.
  • Achieving universal primary education.
  • Promoting gender equality.
  • Reducing child mortality by two-thirds.
  • Reducing maternal mortality by three-quarters.
  • Reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other major diseases.
  • Ensuring environmental sustainability.
  • Creating a global partnership for development.