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
Ahead of the African Union Summit, former Presidents of Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and South Africa are among the new Champions committing to Fast-Tracking access to HIV prevention and treatment services in sub-Saharan Africa, UNAIDS announced. With 24.7 million people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region most affected by the AIDS epidemic.
Global economic growth is forecast to increase marginally over the next two years, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) report, launched on 19 January. However, upcoming US interest rate increases, remaining euro area fragility, a further slowdown in developing economies and geopolitical conflicts such as in Ukraine, and the Ebola epidemic pose major concerns for global economic outlook.
The number people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, according to the World malaria report 2014. Between 2000 and 2013, the malaria mortality rate decreased by 47% worldwide and by 54% in the WHO African Region - where about 90% of malaria deaths occur. “We can win the fight against malaria,” says Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO.
News on Post-2015 development process
On 15 January, there will be a full-day digital communications surge as well as other events around the world to raise awareness of 2015 as a pivotal year for global change. Major decisions will be made at three high-level international meetings during the year that will provide an opportunity to chart a new era of sustainability. Many civil society organisations will join the online conversation on Twitter and other social media platforms, using #action2015, to highlight why 2015 is the time for global action.
UN Chief urges world leaders to seize historic opportunity to make strides on sustainable development
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented his priorities to 2015 to Member States on 8 January and said that global leaders had a historic opportunity this year to make transformative economic, environmental and social changes that will have a positive and meaningful impact on people’s lives.
The Secretary-General’s synthesis report “The Road to Dignity by 2030” is now available in all six UN languages
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The Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report, which presents the vision for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, is now available in all six UN languages. Drawing from the experience of two decades of development practice and from the inputs gathered through an open and inclusive process, the report The Road to Dignity by 2030 charts a road map to achieve dignity in the next 15 years. The Secretary-General will formally present the synthesis report to Member States on 8 January. #action2015