United Nations Millenium Development Goals
In response to the world’s main development challenges and to the calls of civil society, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly established eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) during the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000. The MDGs range from the reduction of extreme poverty to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. They are drawn from the actions and targets contained in the Millennium Declaration that was adopted by 189 nations, and signed by 147 Heads of State and Governments who attended the 2000 Summit.
Set for the year 2015, the MDGs provide a blueprint to all the world’s countries and non-governmental institutions on how best to achieve economic growth and social development, increased information access, environmental sustainability, and an overall better quality of life. Responding to the UN’s declaration, developing countries have pledged to govern better, and invest in their people through health care and education, while more developed countries have pledged to support them, through aid, debt relief and fairer trade.