The adoption of the Millennium Declaration in 2000 by all United Nations Member States marked an historic moment, as world leaders committed to tackle extreme poverty in its many dimensions and create a better life for everyone by 2015.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) translate this commitment into a framework of measurable goals and targets by which progress can be measured. Three of the goals regarding poverty, slums and water have been reached, but the rest are more elusive. Progress is tracked against 21 targets and 60 indicators addressing extreme poverty and hunger, education, women’s empowerment and gender equality, health, environmental sustainability and global partnership.
Click here for a chart that provides an assessement of where we stand on selected key targets relating to each Goal. Trends and levels are measured on the basis of information available as of June 2012. The latest available data for most indicators are from years 2010 to 2012; for a few indicators, the data go back to 2008.
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This TEDx video of Jamie Drummond is calling for crowd-sourcing what the next generational millennium goals should be.