The Millennium Development Goals
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), adopted in 2000, generated an unprecedented commitment around the globe toward the elimination of poverty. In all, the MDGs represented a set of measurable, time-bound targets for the realization of this commitment, with a target year of 2015. The key advantage of these Goals has been their concrete nature, along with their measurable targets – after all, “what gets measured, gets done”.
Under the MDG framework, significant progress has been made around the world in addressing extreme poverty, increasing access to primary education, ensuring gender parity at primary school level, reducing maternal and child mortality, halting the spread of HIV infections and decreasing malaria deaths, and providing access to improved sanitation.
However, progress across the Goals has been uneven, both among and within countries. Read more