UN Releases Global Millennium Development Goals Report 2012

Click to download the Global MDG Report 2012The 2012 UN global Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was launched on 2 July 2012. “There is now an expectation around the world that sooner, rather than later, all these goals can and must be achieved. Leaders will be held to this high standard. Sectors such as government, business, academia and civil society, often known for working at cross-purposes, are learning how to collaborate on shared aspirations,” said Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang.

On progress made in achieving the MDGs worldwide, the Report states that the first target of MDG 1 – cutting the extreme poverty rate to half its 1990 level – has been achieved at the global level, well ahead of 2015. The MDG 7 target of halving the proportion of people without access to improved sources of drinking water by 2010 has also been achieved. Moreover, the share of urban residents in the developing world living in slums has declined from 39 per cent in 2000 to 33 per cent in 2012, achieving another MDG 7 target.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted in the report that meeting the remaining targets will be challenging and further success depends crucially on Governments’ commitments to achieving the Goals and on fulfilling MDG 8 – the global partnership for development. While positive on the successes recorded, the MDG Report warns that the 2015 deadline is fast approaching and in order to achieve outstanding goals, Governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector need to intensify their contributions.

The global MDG Report states that important improvements in maternal health and reduction in maternal deaths have been achieved but progress is still slow, such as in reducing adolescent childbearing and expanding contraceptive use. Women also continue to face discrimination in access to education, work and economic assets, and participation in government.

The global Millennium Development Goals Report, an annual assessment of regional progress towards the Goals, reflects the most comprehensive, up-to-date data compiled by over 25 UN and international agencies. The report is produced by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

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