The Millennium Development Goals
The MDG's are eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world's main development challenges. They represent quantifiable targets for addressing the major problems facing our world today. They also characterise our basic human right to health, shelter, security and education. The MDG's are drawn from the actions and targets contained in the Millennium Declaration that was adopted by 189 nations and signed by 147 heads of state and governments during the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000.
- Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
- Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
- Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
- Goal 5: Improve maternal health
- Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
- Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
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Achieving these goals by 2015 requires a strong focus on development; and with little time remaining, still much more needs to be done. Information campaigns are essential to evoke individual and collective action, emphasising the significance of partnerships, advocacy and government intervention.