#MDG500 and the Post 2015 Agenda

The newly released Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 summarises the achievements so far on meeting the MDG tagets and with many of these already met on reducing poverty, increasing access to improved drinking water sources, improving the lives of slum dwellers and achieving gender parity in primary school – the report says many more targets are within reach by their 2015 target date.

August 18, 2014 will mark 500 days to go before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline and the MDG500 Campaign will be marking this occassion with a series of events over 500 minutes, dedicated to raising awareness for each of the eight MDG targets, progress in achieving them and to gather additional momentum.

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“The Millennium Development Goals were a pledge to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity, and free the world from extreme poverty,” Mr. Ban said. “The MDGs, with eight goals and a set of measurable time-bound targets, established a blueprint for tackling the most pressing development challenges of our time.”

With the targets for the MDGs set to conclude at the end of 2015, UN Member States are in the midst of considering a broader set of goals to follow that are likely to be agreed to by world leaders in September 2015.

Millions of people’s lives have improved due to concerted global, regional, national and local efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which serve as the foundation for the next global development agenda, according to a new report. The MDG report is based on comprehensive official statistics and provides the most up-to-date summary of all Goals and their targets at global and regional levels, with additional national statistics available online. Results show that concentrated efforts to achieve MDG targets by national governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector are working to lift people out of extreme poverty and improve their futures.

With many MDG targets already met on reducing poverty, increasing access to improved drinking water sources, improving the lives of slum dwellers and achieving gender parity in primary school, The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014, says many more targets are within reach by their 2015 target date. If trends continue, the world will surpass MDG targets on malaria, tuberculosis and access to HIV treatment, and the hunger target looks within reach. Other targets, such as access to technologies, reduction of average tariffs, debt relief, and growing political participation by women, show great progress.

However, some MDG targets related to largely preventable problems with available solutions, such as reducing child and maternal mortality and increasing access to sanitation, are slipping away from achievement by 2015, despite major progress. The report calls on all stakeholders to focus and intensify efforts on the areas where advances have been too slow or not reached all. The Millennium Development Goals Report, an annual assessment of global and regional progress towards the Goals, reflects the most comprehensive, up-to-date data compiled by over 28 UN and international agencies and is produced by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Join the MDG500 Campaign

Over the course of 500 minutes on August 18, groups and individuals will take action to raise awareness of the progress being made through the Millennium Development Goals and opportunities to continue the momentum. Each hour will focus on one of the MDGs.

9:00 am – 10:00 am ET:
MDG 1: ERADICATE EXTREME POVERTY & HUNGER

10:00 am – 11:00 am ET:
MDG 2: ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION

11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET:
MDG 3: PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER WOMEN

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET:
MDG 4: REDUCE CHILD MORTALITY

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET:
MDG 5: IMPROVE MATERNAL HEALTH

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET:
MDG 6: COMBAT HIV/AIDS, MALARIA AND OTHER DISEASES

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET:
MDG 7: ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET:
MDG 8: DEVELOP A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR DEVELOPMENT

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET: Closing

Keeping the Momentum Going: 500 days that matter for our future

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