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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2.2 billion people are poor or near-poor, warns 2014 Human Development Report on vulnerability and resilience. Calls for universal provision of basic social services, and stronger policies for social protection and full employment to advance and secure development progress. Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable. #hdr2014
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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
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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.
News on Post-2015 development process
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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
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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.
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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.