UN Millennium Development Goals

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions to achieve tangible improvements by the target date of 2015. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.

The Millennium Development Goals and their targets by year 2015 are:

  • 1. End poverty and hunger

    • Halve, between 1990 and 2015, 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
    • Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

  • 2. Universal education

    • Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling

  • 3. Gender equality

    • Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015

  • 4. Child health

    • Reduce by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate

  • 5. Maternal health

    • Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio
    • Achieve universal access to reproductive health

  • 6. Combat HIV/AIDS

    • Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
    • Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it
    • Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases

  • 7. Environmental sustainability

    • Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources
    • Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss
    • Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
    • By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers

  • 8. Global partnership

    • Address the special needs of least developed countries, landlocked countries and small island developing states
    • Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
    • 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 benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications

The DReAMS project addresses MDGs number 1 and 7.

For further information about MDGs visit the official UN site.