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The Millennium Development Goals represent the historic promise made by 189 world leaders at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000. In the Millennium Declaration, the first global compact in which rich and poor countries recognize a collective responsibility to end poverty and its root causes, the world community resolved to achieve substantial improvements in the lives of the world's poorest people by 2015. The eight MDGs target global hunger, universal education, gender equity, child health, maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS and other disease, environmental sustainability, and comprehensive development planning.
Ten years after the Millennium Declaration, significant progress has been made toward the realization of the MDGs. In 2010, the UN member states will convene to assess progress and accelerate achievement at the High-Level MDG Review Summit, scheduled for Sept. 20-22 at the United Nations as part of the 65th UN General Assembly. The year 2010 therefore offers a unique opportunity to catalyze public discussion and policy development on the MDGs in anticipation of the Review Summit, which stands as the most important event on the 2010 global policy calendar.
The eight MDG goals include:
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Achieve universal primary education
- Promote gender equality and empower women
- Reduce child mortality
- Improve maternal health
- Combat HIV/AIDs, malaria, and other diseases
- Ensure environmental sustainability
- Develop a global partnership for development <!--EndFragment-->
We have put the documents from the United Nations together in a handy PDF format for you to utilize and help you better understand what the MDG's are and what you can do to help!
Endpoverty2015.org - promotes public awareness of the MDGs
U.N. Millennium Development Goals - comprehensive MDG information from the U.N., and links to partner organizations