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  • REDUCE CHILD MORTALITY
  • IMPROVE MATERNAL HEALTH
  • COMBAT HIV/AIDS, MALARIA AND OTHER DISEASES
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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

New UN data shows need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation, child marriage

Girl

UN/DPI Photo by Evan Schneider

New data by UNICEF shows the need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation and child marriage – two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe. According to the newly-released data, more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, also known as FGM, in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the harmful practice is most common. #GirlSummit

 


Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 requires smart scale-up to close the gap: UNAIDS

Michel Sidibé

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A new report by UNAIDS shows that 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV globally do not know their HIV-positive status. “Whether you live or die should not depend on access to an HIV test,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 90 per cent of people who know their HIV-positive status are on treatment.

 

 

 

 

More targets within reach -- MDGs Report 2014

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The new Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 shows that millions of people’s lives have improved due to concerted global, regional, national and local efforts to achieve the MDGs, which serve as the foundation for the next global development agenda.

 

“The Millennium Development Goals were a pledge to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity, and free the world from extreme poverty,” Mr. Ban said. “The MDGs, with eight goals and a set of measurable time-bound targets, established a blueprint for tackling the most pressing development challenges of our time.”

 

Learn how the MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history and help share #MDGmomentum.


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News on Post-2015 development process

Open Working Group proposes 17 sustainable development goals

Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals forwarded to the Assembly its proposal for a set of 17 Goals that consider economic, social and environmental dimensions to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations at the conclusion of the Group’s thirteenth and final session at UN Headquarters on Saturday, 19 July. #action2015

 


First UN Environment Assembly concludes

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The First UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23 to 27 June 2014. The newly-established UNEA that brought together over 1,200 high-level participants from government, business and civil society was held under the slogan A Life of Dignity for All.

 

Ministers and international leaders gathered to address two key sustainable development and environment topics of current international concern.

UNCTAD Report: Investing in the SDGs: An Action Plan

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are currently being formulated by the United Nations and a wide range of stakeholders, will require a step-change in both public and private investment in developing countries, if an estimated annual $2.5 trillion funding gap is to be filled, UNCTAD's World Investment Report 2014 argues.

 

Private sector contributions will be critical to the realization of the SDGs, the report says.

 

 

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