Millennium Development Goals
UnitingWorld is committed to working towards the Millennium Development Goals.
In 2000, world leaders came together and pledged to work together to eradicate poverty, hunger and disease. Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were formulated to be reached by 2015.
The MDGs are specific targets against which the reduction in extreme poverty can be measured. The eight goals are broken down into 21 quantifiable targets and 60 indicators.
As part of this global campaign, we are continuing to increase our Relief and Development program focus on contributing to the achievement of the MDGs.
Read more below about the MDGs, and our development projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific that work towards achieving these goals.
Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
This means, between 1990 and 2015, reducing by half the number of people living on less that US$1 per day, and halfing the number of people suffering from hunger.
Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education
Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.
Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education on later than 2015.
Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality
Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the number of children who die before their fifth birthday.
Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health
Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio. Increase the proportion of births attended by skilled health professionals.
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS and Other Diseases
By 2015, halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS. Halt and reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases by 2015.
Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs, and reverse the loss of environmental resources.
Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
UnitingWorld has a charter to stand in solidarity with our global Church Partners in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. We work in partnership with our Church Partners, increasing their capacity to serve their people, while growing our global partnership for development.
Resources and more information about the Millennium Development Goals
For detailed information about each Millennium Development Goal, a calendar of important dates and meetings for world leaders, and links to the latest updates.
The Australian Government Agency for International Development (AusAID) have information about the Australian Government’s commitment to the MDGs, and how they are working in partnership with global and accredited non-government orgamisations, like the Relief and Development Unit of UnitingWorld, to address them.
Micah Challenge is a global movement of Christian agencies, groups, churches and individuals that aims to deepen the engagement of people with the poor and help reduce poverty as an integral part of our faith. Micah Challenge Australia is endorsed by over 30 Christian agencies and mission groups as well as church denominations and local faith groups. UnitingWorld is a member agency of Micah Challenge Australia.