Thursday, April 22, 2010

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

For those who haven't heard of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (as surprisingly I hadn't until recently), MDGs are development goals that have been established to 'respond to the world's main development challenges' around areas of poverty, equality, morality, health, education and partnerships.

It has been established as a set of 'achievable' targets for countries all around the world to work towards and were adopted by nations globally during the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000. These MDGs are to be achieved by 2015. This included Australia which was set a target of allocating 0.7% of our GNI (Gross National Income).

We're currently committing 0.5 of our GNI, so the MakePovertyHistory campaigns is set in May and in the future are to remind the government of this commitment and to encourage fellow Australians assist in our efforts, as it's only as a nation amongst nations that we can move closer and closer towards making poverty history!

Here's a brief list of the MDGs - many things we often take for granted:

A more detailed listing of exacting what each goal entails is detailed on the United Nations Development Programme website at,