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Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

The MDGs were a set of development targets created by member states of the United Nations (UN) to address global poverty from 2000 to 2015. This entry provides an overview of the MDGs and highlights their strengths and challenges.

The Development of the Millennial Development Goals

The MDGs were launched through the Millennium Declaration at the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000. The summit at the UN headquarters in New York brought together representatives from 189 countries as a show of their commitment to the founding principles of the UN and in support of the Millennium Declaration. The Millennium Declaration announced that by 2015, member countries would cut in half the proportion of the world’s population that lived in extreme poverty, suffered from hunger, and lacked access ...

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