International Needs Australia supports the Millennium Development Goals.
In 2000, world leaders came together at the UN headquarters in New York, committing to a global partnership to reduce extreme poverty by 2015. The targets agreed to at this summit became known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
There are eight goals in total with a range of targets for each goal, they are:
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Target 1A: Halve the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day
Target 1B: Achieve Decent Employment for Women, Men, and Young People
Target 1C: Halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Target 2A: By 2015, all children can complete a full course of primary schooling, girls and boys
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
- Target 3A: Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality rates
- Target 4A: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate
Goal 5: Improve maternal health
- Target 5A: Reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio
Target 5B: Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
Target 6A: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
- Target 6B: Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it
Target 6C: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Target 7A: Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs; reverse loss of environmental resources
Target 7B: Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss
Target 7C: Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
Target 7D: By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum-dwellers
Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development
Target 8A: Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
Target 8B: Address the Special Needs of the Least Developed Countries (LDC)
Target 8C: Address the special needs of landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
Target 8D: Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries through national and international measures in order to make debt sustainable in the long term
Target 8E: In co-operation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable, essential drugs in developing countries
Target 8F: In co-operation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications
Why should you care that we support the Millennium Development Goals?
International Needs Australia is committed to the creation of a just world, where all people are allowed respect, dignity and the opportunity to fulfil their life’s potential. We believe that the MDGs are appropriate targets for nations around the world to be aiming for.
See below for International Needs Australia supported projects that align with the MDGs.
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UN Millennium Goals