United Nations Millennium Development Goals

Matthew Harsh

In: Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society

United Nations Millennium Development Goals

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  • The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are targets established by the United Nations (UN) to reduce global poverty, disease, and environmental degradation by 2015, while promoting education and gender equality. The position of the UN Millennium Project is that nanotechnology will significantly contribute to achieving the MDGs. Specific nanotechnologies that could assist in meeting the MDGs are highlighted in a prominent study by the University of Toronto Joint Center for Bioethics (UTJCB). Some scholars of science and society take a more critical position and argue that social and economic factors must be carefully considered if nanotechnologies are to help meet the MDGs.

    The MDGs were established in 2000 by the signing of the UN Millennium Declaration, which was adopted by 189 countries. The eight ...

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