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
Launching new report, MDG Advocates outline challenges and opportunities for achieving the Millennium Development Goals by end of 2015. Led by the Prime Minister of Norway and President of the Republic of Rwanda, the MDG Leaders praise successes of improving people’s lives and demand more action during a high-level event. “The MDGs have transformed the lives of millions of people,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, delivered the special key-note address today at the Global Education First Initiative’s (GEFI) high-level event. Mrs. Obama vowed to work with world leaders and education advocates to ensure all girls and young women have the opportunity to go to school; calling for quality education and the empowerment of girls and women to form part of the post-2015 development agenda.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 to galvanize and catalyze climate action. He has asked these leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015.
News on Post-2015 development process
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.”
“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.