In September 2000, there was held the United Nations Millennium Summit where world leaders came together at United Nations Headquarters in New York in order to adopt The UN Millennium Declaration committing the nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets - which should be achieved by 2015. There are eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
The MDGs recognize the contribution that developed countries can make through trade, development assistance, debt relief, and technology transfer. Progress over time is measured for each of the eight MDGs through relevant targets and indicators.
A framework including a specific set of goals, targets and indicators to measure progress towards the MDGs was adopted by a consensus of experts from the United Nations Secretariat, IMF, OECD and the World Bank.
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United Nations Millennium Development Goals