The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight targets for reducing poverty established by the United Nations in 2000. All UN member states have agreed to meet the MDGs by 2015. To achieve the goals, rich countries have agreed to designate 0.7% of their gross national income as Official Development Assistance (ODA). However, only five donor countries have met this target. Key MDG indicators are not progressing towards set targets and the global financial crisis has made matters worse. The UN has touted some successes, including progress in China, but methods used to measure key indicators are too narrow. It appears that little, if any, overall progress has occurred.
This section follows ongoing discussions on the drafting of a post 2015 sustainability agenda
This section provides analysis on poverty and development. It assesses how the horrors of poverty are a reality for the world's poor and are a stark contrast from the lives led by the world's elite. The section also addresses the issue of poverty and development in relation to economic growth and quality of life.
This page provides comprehensive information on the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 and its Follow-Up Summit in 2005. In 2000, hundreds of heads of state ratified the UN Millennium Declaration and promised to meet a number of "Millennium Development Goals."