Millennium Development Goals

Will the U.N. targets be met by 2015?

  • By:Danielle Kurtzleben
  • Content Type: Report
  • Publisher: CQ Press
    • Publication year: 2012
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World leaders from 189 countries gathered at the United Nations in 2000 to approve an ambitious plan to change the world. By 2015, they vowed, countries would meet broad, measurable objectives — which would become the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — designed to, among other things, eliminate extreme poverty and hunger, promote gender equality, achieve universal primary education and fight HIV-AIDS, malaria and other diseases. With the 2015 deadline approaching, some MDG targets appear out of reach. Others — such as halving the percentage of people living in extreme poverty and lacking access to safe drinking water — were met in 2010. But some critics say the MDGs have been inherently unfair because regions such as sub-Saharan Africa were far behind other regions at ...

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