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
Hundreds of millions of people around the world continue to suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Governments are urged to make stronger commitments at November’s Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) to ensure healthier diets for all. That's according to the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization of the United Nations. This report has more information on the current global nutrition challenges.
“There are many fires raging around the world today -- political turmoil, bloodshed, public health emergencies and human rights abuses. But there also burns a flame of hope – encouraging progress in the global drive to improve the lives of the world’s poorest through the Millennium Development Goals. Adopted by world leaders in the year 2000, the MDGs are an ambitious 15-year roadmap to fight poverty, hunger and disease, protect the environment and expand education, basic health and women’s empowerment…[Read the full statement]
Malala Yousafzai joined UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Amy Robach and young people for an interactive conversation at the United Nations to celebrate 500 Days of Action for the Millennium Development Goals. It's not too late to join the conversation on the MDGs using #MDGmomentum. The 500 Days event was webcast live and can be found on UN Web TV. The UN Statistics Division produced a video with the latest figures on the MDGs. Mr. Ban kicked off a Week of Action for MDG Momentum in China on 16 August.
News on Post-2015 development process
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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.
The 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference, entitled, “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda” opens 27 August to provide an opportunity for civil society, international networks and activists to develop an “Action Agenda” to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the launch of intergovernmental negotiations at the beginning of the 69th session of the General Assembly for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, due to culminate at a summit in September 2015. #UNNGO2014
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The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) recently forwarded to the UN General Assembly its report that considers how to finance efforts to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations. The report provides an analytical framework for financing sustainable development, proposes a basket of policy options for countries to choose and suggests areas for advancement of the global partnership for sustainable development.