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Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Project was commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2002 to develop a concrete action plan for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people. Many international donors use the 8 developmental goals as a guidance for the implementation bi-lateral and multi-lateral developing programs. The 8 goals include:

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Reduce by half the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day »»
Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people »»
Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger »»

2. Achieve universal primary education
Ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling »»

3. Promote gender equality and empower women
Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015 »»

4. Reduce child mortality
Reduce by two thirds the mortality of children under five »»

5. Improve maternal health
Reduce maternal mortality by three quarters »»
Achieve universal access to reproductive health»»

6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Halt and reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS »»
Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it »»
Halt and reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases »»

7. Ensure environmental sustainability
Integrate principles of sustainable development into country policies and program; reverse the loss of environmental resources »»
Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss»»
Halve the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation »»
Improve the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020 »»

8. Develop a global partnership for development
Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system »»
Address special needs of the least developed countries, landlocked countries and small island developing States »»
Deal comprehensively with developing countries’ debt»»
In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries»»
In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications »» technologies

Source: www.un.org

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