Global Policy Forum

The Millennium Development Goals


The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight targets for reducing poverty established by the United Nations in 2000. All UN member states have agreed to meet the MDGs by 2015. To achieve the goals, rich countries have agreed to designate 0.7% of their gross national income as Official Development Assistance (ODA). However, only five donor countries have met this target. Key MDG indicators are not progressing towards set targets and the global financial crisis has made matters worse. The UN has touted some successes, including progress in China, but methods used to measure key indicators are too narrow. It appears that little, if any, overall progress has occurred.

Post-2015 Sustainability Agenda

This section follows ongoing discussions on the drafting of a post 2015 sustainability agenda

General Analysis on the Millennium Development Goals

This page provides a wide range of articles and analyses on the Millennium Development Goals.

Poverty and Development

This section provides analysis on poverty and development. It assesses how the horrors of poverty are a reality for the world's poor and are a stark contrast from the lives led by the world's elite. The section also addresses the issue of poverty and development in relation to economic growth and quality of life.

The Millennium Summit and Its Follow-Up

This page provides comprehensive information on the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 and its Follow-Up Summit in 2005. In 2000, hundreds of heads of state ratified the UN Millennium Declaration and promised to meet a number of "Millennium Development Goals."


FAIR USE NOTICE: This page contains copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Global Policy Forum distributes this material without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in 17 U.S.C § 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.