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The Millennium Development Goals and What Still Needs to be Done

At the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, eight Millennium Development Goals were established. They’re all aimed at creating a better world. The goals range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education.

Results of the Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals were formed at the Millennium Summit in 2000, and all shared the same target year: 2015. They were followed by the Sustainable Development Goals, which we elaborated in an earlier blog post. But were the Millennium Goals successfully concluded? Each goal had specific targets and dates for achieving those targets. Progress towards reaching the goals differs between countries. Brazil achieved many of the goals, while others didn’t realize any. Among the most successful countries are superpowers like China, whose poverty population declined from 452 million to 278 million, and India. The World Bank estimated that goal 1A, halving the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day, was achieved as early as in 2008 mainly due to the results from these two countries. 

  1.      To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2.      To achieve universal primary education
  3.      To promote gender equality and empower women
  4.      To reduce child mortality
  5.      To improve maternal health
  6.      To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
  7.      To ensure environmental sustainability
  8.      To develop a global partnership for development

There have been significant advancements and improvements in certain areas. For example, Rates of malaria disease have decreased from 2000 to 2015 by 37%. But none of the issues mentioned in the development goals is solved entirely. Which emphasizes the fact that there still is much work to be done. That’s one of the main reasons why the UN and all of the partnering countries and organizations decided to update the Millennium Development Goals by establishing the Sustainable Development Goals.

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