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Millennium Development Goals

In September 2000, the United Nations Millennium Summit brought together the largest gathering of world leaders in history.

In the summit's final declaration, signed by 189 countries, the international community committed to a specific agenda for reducing global poverty.

This agenda listed eight Millennium Development Goals which not only identified the gains needed but quantified them and established yardsticks for measuring improvements in people's lives.

Today, the goals guide the efforts of virtually all organizations working in development and have been commonly accepted as a framework for measuring development progress.

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