Millennium Development Goals
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Millennium Development Goals

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  1. In September 2000, world leaders endorsed the Millennium Declaration, a commitment to work together to build a safer, more prosperous and equitable world. The Declaration was translated into a roadmap setting out eight time-bound and measurable goals to be reached by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

    With only a few years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the MDGs, enhanced commitment, policies, resources and efforts are needed if the goals are to be met. The MDGs are indivisible and complementary and focus toward their achievements should not shift from one to the other. The Decent Work Agenda offers an integrated approach which can contribute to accelerating progress towards the achievement of all the MDGs.

  2. Review of progress 2010

    A decade after the Millennium Declaration, there have been significant advances together with important set-backs. The UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, held in September 2010 during the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, concluded with the adoption of a global action plan to achieve the eight anti-poverty goals by their 2015 target date.

Development through jobs

  1. Decent work and the MDGs

    Full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people, is one of the most effective routes out of poverty.

Post-2015 development agenda

  1. Beyond the MDGs: It’s all about jobs and livelihoods

    The ILO has called for jobs and livelihoods to be at the heart of the development agenda after the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) passes in 2015.

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Some one billion people will still be living on less than US$1.25 per day  in 2015
2. Achieve universal primary education
In 2010, 69 million children were out of school, many the victims of child labour.
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
Women make up the majority of the world's poor. They find barriers to education, fair pay and social protections.
4. Reduce child mortality
Nine million children under the age of five die every year, about one every four seconds, from preventable causes.
5. Improve maternal health
More than half a million women die during pregnancy and childbirth every year.
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
33.4 million people live with HIV/AIDS worldwide.
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
The world has come to recognize the grave threats of climate change, environmental degradation and rapidly diminishing fresh water supplies.
8. Develop a global partnership for development
The final MDG represents the commitment of all levels of society, from individual citizens to whole countries and international multilateral institutions like the ILO, to development and globalization that is fair and effective.
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