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  • ERADICATE EXTREME POVERTY AND HUNGER
  • ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION
  • PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER WOMEN
  • REDUCE CHILD MORTALITY
  • IMPROVE MATERNAL HEALTH
  • COMBAT HIV/AIDS, MALARIA AND OTHER DISEASES
  • ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
  • DEVELOP A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR DEVELOPMENT

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The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. The UN is also working with governments, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with an ambitious post-2015 development agenda. From this site, explore the efforts of the UN and its partners for building a better world. ... more

News on Millennium Development Goals

Leave no one behind focus of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty” is the focus of this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Events organized by the UN, ATD Fourth World, the International Committee on 17 October as well as the Missions of Burkina and France, seek to raise awareness of the challenges and need to secure the participation of those living in extreme poverty in the post-2015 development agenda.


Family Farming is the focus of World Food Day 2014

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UN Photo/John Isaac

The 2014 World Food Day theme - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.


 

UN biodiversity pact enters into force

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UN Photo/Logan Abassi

After decades of negotiations, the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing entered into force, enhancing opportunities for the equitable sharing of benefits of the world’s biodiversity. The Protocol, named after the Japanese city where it was agreed in 2010, establishes clear rules for accessing, trading, sharing and monitoring the use of the world’s genetic resources that can be used for pharmaceutical, agricultural and cosmetic purposes.



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News on Post-2015 development process

High-Level Panel members say stakes are huge for post-2015 with less than one year to summit

World Investment Forum

UN Photo/Mark Garten

One Year On:  An open letter from former members of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Agenda. The countdown has begun in earnest. There is now just one year until the summit where – we hope – heads of state and government will agree on a new global agenda for inclusive, sustainable development to build upon the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals.


Private sector urged to invest in sustainable development at World Investment Forum

World Investment Forum

UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Leading members of the global investment community gathered to meet sustainable development stakeholders at the World Investment Forum 2014. Held from 13 to 16 October in Geneva, the Forum allowed for inclusive dialogue and policy formulation on investment-development needs at the highest level, bringing together investment partners to discuss challenges, opportunities and policy solutions to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.



Post-2015 development agenda takes centre stage as General Assembly's 69th session opens

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UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The United Nations General Assembly opened its 69th annual session today with the body's new President declaring that it would be a historic opportunity to formulate a post-2015 development agenda that is transformative, brings tangible results in fighting poverty, and leads to improving lives of all people. General Assembly President Sam Kahamba Kutesa declared the theme of this year's general debate “Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.”



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