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Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

“Together, we have set 2015 as the deadline for our results. We must now, together, move beyond words and set deadlines for our actions. We have said we are mutually accountable. It is time to deliver.” A Time to Act -- 2002 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund

At the Millennium Summit in September 2000, the states of the United Nations reaffirmed their commitment to working toward a world in which sustaining development and eliminating poverty would have the highest priority. The Millennium Development Goals grew out of the agreements and resolutions of world conferences organized by the United Nations in the past decade.

The goals focus the efforts of the world community on achieving significant, measurable improvements in people's lives.  The first seven goals are mutually reinforcing and are directed at reducing poverty in all its forms.  The last goal -- global partnership for development -- is about the means to achieve the first seven.

The goals have been accepted as a framework for measuring development progress.  For most of them, the self-imposed deadline is 2015.

Millennium Development Goals
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women

4. Reduce child mortality

5. Improve maternal health

6. Combat AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

7. Ensure environmental sustainability

8. Build a global partnership for development

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