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Millennium Development Goals

The UN General Assembly adopted eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 to be achieved by 2015. Progress to date has saved lives, ensured that children attend school, reduced maternal deaths, expanded opportunities for women, increased access to clean water, and freed many people from disease.

Taipei, Taiwan - UPF organized a forum on March 26 about Taiwan’s contribution toward fulfilling the UN Millennium Development Goals. Speakers reported on the international humanitarian work of their NGOs.

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Pesaro, Italy - UPF-San Marino held a conference in Pesaro on January 29 to support the World Food Program's campaign to end world hunger by 2015, the first of the eight Millennium Development Goals.

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New York, USA - The world is on track to reduce by half the number of people living in abject poverty by 2015, according to a UN report prepared for a Sept. 22, 2010, summit at the UN.

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Moscow, Russia - UPF-Russia and the Model UN Secretariat activists conducted a program in support of the global campaign to “Rise and Act” against poverty and achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals under the slogan “Make your heart beat for the implementation of the UN MDGs.”

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Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands - What will help Vietnam reach its Millennium Development Goals and how will this impact human rights? This was the theme of a February 6 conference sponsored by the Foundation for the Development of Vietnam and UPF-Netherlands.

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Geneva, Switzerland - Two thematic debates marked the end of the 2009 UN Economic and Social Council Annual Ministerial Review in Geneva on July 9.

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Geneva, Switzerland - Ethical values are needed to overcome the current global economic crisis as well as to eradicate hunger and promote the real development of all the world's peoples, Pope Benedict XVI said in his new encyclical released July 7. While the Pope was speaking, diplomats and ministers of health from around the world were in Geneva to offer their viewpoints on the global crisis.Can moral values be part of the answer?

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Geneva, Switzerland - Jamaica's report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and news about telemedicine in Africa highlighted the second day of the UN Economic and Social Council Annual Ministerial Review in Geneva.

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London, England - The Peace and Development Focus Session of the Global Peace Festival in London featured the problems of nations struggling to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 while struggling with debt, conflict, and unfair trade relationships. This followed the Rt. Hon. Bill Rammell MP, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State’s encouraging words to the International Leadership Conference to create an international coalition of all sectors of society to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, lasting peace, and prosperity.

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London, England - An evening meeting in London on the theme of "Mongolia and the Millennium Development Goals" began with a reception for members of the Mongolia Association in the United Kingdom.

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"The world has an historic opportunity to eradicate extreme poverty and achieve sustainability and equality for all through the new post-2015 development agenda."
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN General Assembly adopted eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 to be achieved by 2015. Progress to date has saved lives, ensured that children attend school, reduced maternal deaths, expanded opportunities for women, increased access to clean water, and freed many people from disease. Scroll down for reports of UPF activities that advance the MDGs.

Read about discussions of the post-2015 development agenda at the UN.
See UPF statements on the MDGs and Sustainable Development.
View a PowerPoint presentation: Civil Society Contributions to the MDGs (3.6 MB).

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Civil Society Contributions toward the MDGs
(3.6 MB PowerPoint presentation)

The significance of civil society in the effort to solve critical global problems and improve the overall quality of life for humanity is now widely recognized. Civil society organizations, NGOs, private sector philanthropists, voluntary associations, and faith-based organizations can all serve as partners with governments and inter-governmental organizations.

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