Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are an internationally agreed set of goals for human development, drawn from the 2000 Millennium Declaration. The 2015 deadline for the achievement of the MDGs is looming, but progress on some goals is far too slow.
What are the barriers to progress? What are the policies, the approaches, the programmes that will bring about the transformative, root and branch change that is needed to propel us towards the MDGs?
The key barrier to achievement of the MDGs is the lack of equity – the inbuilt unfairness that creates barriers to poverty reduction. Gender inequity is one example, limiting progress in almost all societies, and interacting with other economic, social, and geographic inequities. Overcoming such structural unfairness requires social protection to ensure that everyone has equitable access to basic necessities, such as health and education. And equity needs to be part of economic growth strategies to ensure that growth reduces, rather than increases, the inequalities that hold back human development.


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