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Millennium Development Goals (+1)

At the UN Millennium Summit, held in New York in September 2000, 189 nations formally:

  • approved a set of eight goals, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to be achieved by 2015 that were intended to respond to the world's main development challenges -- including cutting by half the number of people living in extreme poverty on an income of less than one dollar a day; and
  • pledged to work towards rich countries giving 0.7% of their GNP to aid/development -- only a handful of countries have so far complied with this commitment.

The Summit and the Goals recognise explicitly the interdependence between growth, poverty reduction and sustainable development.

The Goals

Goal 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Goal 2. Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3. Promote gender equality and empower women
Goal 4. Reduce child mortality
Goal 5. Improve maternal health
Goal 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Goal 7. Ensure environmental sustainability
Goal 8. Develop a global partnership for development

And these Goals are in turn broken down into 18 quantifiable targets that are measured by 48 different indicators.

... but what about PWD?

It is rather shocking that the MDGs say nothing about disability, so here's an unofficial additional Goal that we would like to propose:

'Goal 9': Eradicate all forms of discrimination against PWD.*

Faltering Progress

Progress towards meeting these Goals is faltering: a progress report (published by the United Nations in 2009) found that "more than halfway to the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, major advances in the fight against poverty and hunger have begun to slow or even reverse as a result of the global economic and food crises" and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that, despite many successes, overall progress has been too slow for most of the targets to be met by 2015.

* Possible indicators for this new Goal might be: proportion of People with Disability (PWD) who are housed; proportion of PWD who have access to medical and educational services; proportion of PWD in gainful employment.