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United Nations Millennium Development Goals

From the United Nations Millennium Declaration

By the year 2015, all 191 UN Member States have pledged to meet these goals.*

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
    • Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day.

    • 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 at all levels by 2015

  4. Reduce child mortality
    • Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five

  5. Improve maternal health
    • Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio

  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
    • Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS

    • Halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases

  7. Ensure environmental sustainability
    • Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources

    • Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water

    • Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020

  8. Develop a global partnership for development
    • Develop further an open trading and financial system that is rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory. Includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction-nationally and internationally

    • Address the least developed countries' special needs. This includes tariff- and quota-free access for their exports; enhanced debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries; cancellation of official bilateral debt; and more generous official development assistance for countries committed to poverty reduction

    • Address the special needs of landlocked and small island developing States

    • Deal comprehensively with developing countries' debt problems through national and international measures to make debt sustainable in the long term

    • In cooperation with the developing countries, develop decent and productive work for youth

    • 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