A Publication of The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham

Published October 2005

UN Millennium Development Goals
Published by the United Nations Department of Public Information

By 2015, all United Nations Member States have pledged to:

1.  Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

    • Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day
    • Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

2.  Achieve universal primary education

    • Ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling

3.  Promote gender equality and empower women

    • Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015

4.  Reduce child mortality

    • Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five

5.  Improve maternal health

    • Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality rate

6.  Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

    • Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
    • Halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases

7.  Ensure environmental sustainability

    • Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs; reverse loss of environmental resources
    • Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water
    • Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum-dwellers by 2020

8.  Develop a global partnership for development

    • Develop further an open trading and financial system that is rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory. Includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction – nationally and internationally
    • Address the least developed countries’ special needs. This includes tariff- and quota-free access for their exports; enhanced debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries; cancellation of official bilateral debt; and more generous official development assistance for countries committed to poverty reduction
    • Address the special needs of landlocked and small island developing States
    • Deal comprehensively with developing countries’ debt problems through national and international measures to make debt sustainable in the long term
    • In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs to developing countries
    • In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies – especially information and communications technologies
For more information on the Millennium Development Goals, see Road Map towards the Implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration at
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