MDG success shows the power of setting global development targets

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The most successful anti-poverty movement in history has yielded dramatic results in reducing poverty, promoting gender parity and fighting diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria.

The findings come in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2015 which highlights significant global achievements since world leaders launched the eight MDGs in the year 2000.

The report was launched on Monday and compiles data from over 28 UN and international agencies which have been monitoring progress on the goals, whose deadline is this year.

Dianne Penn has the story.

The MDG 2015 Report confirms how goal setting has lifted millions of people out of extreme poverty: from nearly two billion in 1990 to 836 million in 2015.

Thanks to the Millennium Development Goals, more girls are in school and more women are participating in government, with the average proportion of women parliamentarians nearly doubling over the past 20 years.

On the medical front, new HIV infections fell by approximately 40 per cent between 2000 and 2013, while more than six million malaria deaths have been averted.

However, the report shows that while significant gains have been made on many of the MDG targets worldwide, progress has been uneven across regions and countries, resulting in significant gaps.

World leaders will build on the momentum generated by the MDGs when they meet at the UN this September to adopt a new sustainable development agenda for the period beyond 2015.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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