Millennium Development Goals
In September 2010, the world reached the two-thirds stage in the Millennium Development Goals - the 8 goals and 20 benchmarks chosen in the year 2000 to halve global poverty by 2015.
There is much we can be proud of, but much more that needs to be done.
• Following the adoption of the MDGs, the number of people living on less than $US2 a day dropped by 500 million between 2000 and 2007. However, the number rose again by 150 million over the next two years due to the Global Financial Crisis.
• Two billion people have gained access to safe drinking water, but 880 million still rely on nonpotable water to drink.
• The number of children dying from preventable diseases before their 5th birthday has dropped from 12 million per year in 1990 to 9 million per year, but 24,000 deaths a day is still unacceptable.
• The number of children not attending primary school has dropped from 120 million to 72 million; this is still far too many children being denied a future.
While there is some optimism that significant strides are being taken against global poverty, the 12 months to September 2010 has seen immense human suffering from natural disasters - earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, and record floods in Pakistan have left hundreds of thousands dead, and millions of people, who were living on the edge of poverty, have lost all their possessions.
Millennium Development Goals News
Millennium Development Goals Part VII - Drinking Water and Sanitation - 07 September 2011
There is no easy solution to the world’s increasing consumption of the dwindling supply of water available fordrinking and agriculture. We just know that in the future, people will need to treat each drop as precious. This article will look at the third target of the seventh Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on environmental sustainability - “To halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.”...
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Millennium Development Goals Part VI – Environmental Sustainability - 03 May 2011
In 1950 less than 30% of the world’s population lived in cities. Today it is 51%, and by 2050 it is estimated it will be 70%. Well thought-out sustainable development is badly needed for the billions of people that are, and will be, living in slum conditions. This article will look at the seventh Millennium Development Goal (MDG) - to ensure environmental sustainability. The targets of this goal are to integrate sustainable development principles into government policy and reverse the loss of environmental resources, reduce biodiversity loss, increase sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation and to achieve a significant improvement in the lives of slum dwellers....
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