Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the world's time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions--income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion--while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. They are also basic human rights--the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter, and security as pledged in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Millennium Declaration. The target for meeting the MDGs is 2015.

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Goal 1
Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty
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Goal 2
Achieve Universal Primary Education
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Goal 3
Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
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Goal 4
Reduce Child Mortality
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Goal 5
Improve Maternal Health
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Goal 6
Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
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Goal 7
Ensure Environmental Sustainability
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Goal 8
Develop a Global Partnership for Development

Sub-Saharan Africa is the epicenter of crisis and continues to fall short of most MDGs as a result of rising extreme poverty and food insecurity, stunningly high child and maternal mortality, and sprawling slums. Asia is the region making the most rapid progress, but hundreds of millions of people remain in extreme poverty, and even fast-growing Asian countries are failing to achieve some of the MDGs. Other regions have mixed records, notably Latin America, the transition economies, and the Middle East and North Africa. These regions are making slow progress on some of the MDGs, with persistent inequalities undermining progress on others.

For more information on the Millennium Development Goals, and the specific targets associated with each goal, please visit the UN Millennium Project web site.