1,000 Days of Action for the MDGs
March 22th, 2013
There are Eight Goals for 2015:
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Achieve universal primary education
- Promote gender equality and empower women
- Reduce child mortality
- Improve maternal health
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- Ensure environmental sustainability
- Develop a global partnership for development
Three out of the eight millennium development targets – on poverty, slums and water – have been met ahead of the 2015 deadline, but much remains to be done. The future development framework – the Post-2015 agenda – should build on the lessons learned from working toward achieving the MDG’s which have been providing the structure for the UN’s development activities since the Millennium Summit in 2000.
The Secretary-General has requested that the UN System observe the 1,000-day mark to the deadline for the MDGs (31 December 2015), calculated as 5 April 2013. The aim is to boost awareness of MDG achievements and commitment to accelerating progress. After inter-agency communications discussion, it was agreed that the 1,000 days would be marked as a short-term advocacy moment, rather than as the start of a countdown that would be continued into 2015.