Millenium Development Goals


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End poverty by 2015. This is the historic promise 189 world leaders made at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 when they signed the Millennium Declaration and agreed to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are an eight-point road map with measurable targets and clear deadlines for improving the lives of the world's poorest people, but 10 years later how much further is there left to go?

September 2010:
 Ten years on world leaders now meet again to evaluate what has been achieved - and what still needs to be done. Despite the success fighting diseases like tuberculosis, there have been dramatic failures.

Broken pledges, insufficient collaboration and the economic downturn have lead to a slow down in key areas like the improvement of maternal health, the fight against HIV/Aids and the provision of general basic education.

Women's empowerment has now moved to the top of the agenda. New data shows that societies where women are more equal stand a much greater chance of achieving the MDGs by 2015. Every single Goal is directly related to women's rights, and societies where women don't have the same rights as men can never achieve development in a sustainable manner.

But what are the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) and how much further do we need to go to eliminate poverty and achieve female equality? Read on to find out...

Photo: September 2000: UN Secretary General Kofi Anan. UN Photos/Eskinder Debebe

Shila Meyer Behjat
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