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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

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.

 

58 Million primary school age children out of school

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Credit: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

UNESCO reports that 58 million children aged 6 to 11 are still out of school, showing little overall improvement since 2007. But positive change is possible, 17 countries have reduced their out-of-school populations by almost 90 per cent in a little over a decade. These countries have invested in positive actions such as abolishing school fees, introducing more relevant curricula and providing financial support to struggling families.

 

 

More Governments now online but greater effort needed to boost access to e-services, UN finds

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UN Photo/Mark Garten

E-government—digital interactions between governments and people—varies greatly among and within regions, but most countries are making progress on providing greater access, according to the 2014 UN E-Government Survey. The report shows that many countries are expanding electronic participation, utilizing more mobile and social media tools, expanding usage and making more government data available online. However, challenges remain.

 

 


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News on Post-2015 development process

First UN Environment Assembly concludes

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UN Photo/Mark Garten

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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UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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.

Zero draft on SDGs has 17 Goals

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UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Co-Chairs of the General Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals shared their “zero draft” of goals and targets ahead of the Group’s next session to take place 16-20 June.

 

The list of 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals to be attained by 2030 is accompanied by targets that will be further elaborated through indicators focused on measurable outcomes.

 

 

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