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