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
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The MDG target to halve proportion of world’s hungry is still within reach by end of 2015. One in nine people suffer from hunger, according to a new UN report. The State of Food Insecurity in the World confirmed a positive trend which has seen the number of hungry people decline globally by more than 100 million over the last decade and by more than 200 million since 1990-92.
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New United Nations data show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49 per cent between 1990 and 2013. New estimates in Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2014 show that in 2013, 6.3 million children under five died from mostly preventable causes, around 200,000 fewer than in 2012, but still equal to nearly 17,000 child deaths each day.
A new UNICEF report says there has been progress in the health and well-being of children in South Asia over the last 25 years, but glaring inequalities remain. "More than 2 million children in South Asia die from preventable causes before their fifth birthday ever year and more than 35 percent of the region's children have chronic malnutrition,” said Karin Hulshof, Regional Director for UNICEF in South Asia.
News on Post-2015 development process
“Our goal is simple but daunting -- prosperity and dignity for all in a world where humankind lives in harmony with nature,” the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the opening of the President of the General Assembly’s High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. “We have a year to put the final pieces of this complex puzzle in place.”
Developing countries need sufficient policy space to advance post-2015 development agenda, UNCTAD report says. As the international community sets about defining a new set of development goals, it is vital that countries have sufficient policy space to match the heightened ambitions of any new agenda, UNCTAD insists in its Trade and Development Report, 2014: Global governance and policy space for development.
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the establishment of an Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. The Group will advise the Secretary-General on measures required to close the data gaps and strengthen national statistical capacities. “The recommendations of the Group will be important inputs to the post-2015 debate and our efforts to shape an ambitious yet achievable vision,” Mr. Ban said.