Published On: Tue, Sep 24th, 2013

Millennium development goals: big ideas, broken promises? – interactive

Millennium development goals: big ideas, broken promises? - interactive

Photo of the UN General Assembly: Basil D Soufi via Wikipedia. Creative Commons licensed.

The millennium development goals (MDGs) have been hailed as the “world’s greatest promise” (PDF), committing world leaders to the pursuit of concrete, measurable improvements on global poverty, hunger, health, education and other key social issues by 2015. In June, the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, called the goals “the most successful global anti-poverty push in history” (PDF).

But what progress has been made? What needs to happen next? And what can global goals really achieve? With less than two years until the MDGs expire, policymakers, civil society groups, and academics worldwide are taking stock of what progress has been made and debating what should happen after 2015.

The eight MDGs are high-level ambitions, supported by 21 specific targets and more than 60 indicators.

The table on the right presents a snapshot of global progress on key targets, including halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty, and getting all children into primary school.

While some targets are unlikely to be met without accelerated progress, others – such as reducing extreme poverty – were met comfortably ahead of schedule. READ MORE FROM THE GUARDIAN


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