The Millennium Declaration, adopted by all 189 United Nations Member States in 2000, promised a better world with less poverty, hunger and disease; a world in which mothers and children have a greater chance of surviving and of receiving
an education, and where women and girls have the same opportunities as men and boys. It promised a healthier environment and greater cooperation—a world in which developed and developing countries work in partnership for the betterment of all. The declaration established eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and time-bound targets by which progress can be measured.
With the 2015 deadline looming, how much progress has been made? And is the pace of progress sufficient to achieve the goals? The MDGs break down into 21 quantifiable targets that are measured by 60 indicators. This chart presents an assessment of progress based on selected indicators. Trends and levels are assessed on the basis of information available as of June 2011. The latest available data for most indicators are from 2009 to 2011; for a few indicators, the data date back to 2005 or 2007. Read More