MDG 8: Develop a global partnership for development

The focus of MDG 8 is development of a global partnership. When the MDGs were adopted in 2000, 189 world leaders committed their nations to a new global partnership. Developing and lesser developed countries assumed the primary responsibility to work towards achieving the first 7 goals in their nations. The rich countries, on the other [...]

MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability

At the moment, our environment here on earth is our sole sustenance – everything we need to survive and thrive we take from the earth. Therefore, in order to preserve our population and its health, we need to ensure that our natural resources are not exhausted, that our energy consumption is responsible, and that our [...]

MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases

The 6th Millennium Development Goal (MDG) aims to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015, achieve universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS by 2010, and reverse the incidence of malaria and other infectious diseases by 2015. New infections of HIV and deaths due to AIDS appear to have peaked in 1996 and 2008, respectively. However, [...]

MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health

The 5th Millennium Development Goal (MDG5) is to reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio and to achieve universal access to reproductive health. Approximately 358,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth each year and millions more experience severe adverse consequences and illness. While the world is making encouraging progress in reducing deaths due to [...]

MDG 4: Reduce Child Mortality

The 4th Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is to reduce by two-thirds the under-five mortality rate. Progress towards reducing child mortality has improved substantially over the last 20 years. In September 2009, a New York Times article reported that the number of children dying before their fifth birthday had dropped below nine million per year for [...]

MDG 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

The 3rd Millennium Development Goal recognizes that augmenting the knowledge, skills and productive capacity of women leads to a healthier developed society. It is hoped that gender disparity will be eliminated in primary and secondary education in all levels of education no later than 2015. If this can be accomplished then it should follow that: [...]

MDG 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

The second Millennium Development Goal (MDG) seeks to ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. However, according to the 2010 MDG Report, it is unlikely that the Goal will be achieved globally by 2015. In order to achieve universal primary education, [...]

MDG 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

The first Millennium Development Goal aims to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by reducing by half the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 a day, by achieving full and productive employment for all, including women and young people, and by reducing by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger. A review [...]

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

The United Nation’s Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came to a close about two weeks ago. With only five years remaining to achieve the eight anti-poverty goals, world leaders committed to a new global action plan based on lessons learned over the past ten years. One of the biggest commitments during the three-day [...]