eight international development goals that all 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015. They include eradicating extreme poverty, enrolling all children in primary school, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality rates, improving maternal health, fighting disease epidemics such as AIDS, protecting the environment, and developing a global partnership for development.
Cutting extreme poverty in half by 2015
Global poverty rates have dropped dramatically, almost enough to reach the goal, but a lot of this has had directly to do with measures taken from China. Meanwhile, the ranks of the hungry have grown along with food prices, hitting an all-time high of more than 1 billion people in 2009. Thus, the absolute numbers for those in poverty have grown with the population.
All children in primary education
this has been among the most successful goals. Today, some 89 percent of children in developing regions are enrolled in school, according to the United Nations, up from 82 percent in 1999. Catch is that this hasn't necessarily helped the quality of education. Many classrooms have become overcrowded as a result of this. Also, many children are entering secondary school with fairly irrelevant skills.
The aim of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to encourage development by improving social and economic conditions in the world's poorest countries. They derive from earlier international development targets, and were officially established following the Millennium Summitin 2000, where all world leaders present adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration, from which the eight goals were derived by a group headed by Jeffrey Sachs.
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