Millennium Development Goals

Primary School Classroom, Ethiopia

At the Millennium Summit in September 2000, world leaders gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York to adopt the Millennium Declaration, committing to work together to meet the needs of the world’s poorest and build a safer, more prosperous and equitable world for everyone, everywhere.

Derived from the Declaration, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to be achieved by 2015, provide a series of concrete numerical targets and indicators for action on combating poverty, hunger, child mortality and a range of diseases, as well as ensuring universal education, gender equality, improved maternal health, environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development.

Official list of MDG indicators [pdf]