1,000 days left to go on Millennium Development Goals

01 May 2013

Less than 1,000 days are left to achieve Millennium Development Goals which were adopted in 2000 to be completed by 2015. To inspire further action, the United Nations and its partners around the world was emphazied on the need of speeding up the work that is being done to realize MDGs.

New Horizons, May 2013 - 5 April was the milestone date for MDGs as only 1000 days had left to realize the MDGs before 2015.

Starting on Friday 5 April and running through to Friday 12 April, the UN worked with governments, civil society and international partners to mark “MDG Momentum: 1,000 Days of Action” in a variety of ways.

“The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “The Goals have helped set global and national priorities, mobilize action, and achieve remarkable results”.

Extreme poverty rate has been cut in half

Since the MDGs were adopted by all UN Member States in 2000, governments, international organizations and civil society groups around the world have helped make tremendous progress to improve people’s lives.

The world’s extreme poverty rate has been cut in half since 1990. A record number of children are in primary school -- with an equal number of girls and boys for the first time. Maternal and child mortality have dropped.

The world continues to fight killer diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS. Since 1990, two billion more people have gained access to safe drinking water.

More focus on vulnerable people

To build on this success and accelerate action, the Secretary-General called on the international community to: increase targeted investments in health, education, energy and sanitation; empower women and girls; focus on the most vulnerable people; keep up aid commitments.

UNDP was the major participant in the MDG Momentum campaign to amplify awareness of MDG achievements and the commitment to continue global progress.

“The more the world can achieve on the MDGs, the more it will be possible to build confidence and support for a bold and ambitious post-2015 development agenda” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said.

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