MDG Initiatives

Millennium Develoment Goals

Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

  • The economic and financial crisis has widened the global jobs gap by 67 million people.
  • One in eight people still go to bed hungry, despite major progress.
  • Globally, nearly one in six children under age five are underweight; one in four are stunted.
  • An estimated 7 per cent of children under age five worldwide are now overweight, another aspect of malnutrition; one quarter of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa.

Achieve Universal Access to Primary Education

  • In 2011, 57 million children of primary school age were out of school, down from 102 million in 2000.
  • More than half of these out-of school children live in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Globally, 123 million youth (aged 15 to 24) lack basic reading and writing skills; 61 per cent of them are young women.

Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

  • Gender parity is closest to being achieved at the primary level; however, only 2 out of 130 countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.
  • Globally, 40 out of 100 wage-earning jobs in the non-agricultural sector are held by women.
  • As of 31 January 2013, the average share of women members in parliaments worldwide was just over 20 per cent.

Reduce Child Mortality

  • The target is to reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under five years old mortality rate, from 93 children of every 1,000 dying to 31 of every 1,000.

Improve Maternal Health

  • The targets for improving maternal health include reducing by three-fourths the maternal mortality ratio and achieve universal access to reproductive health. Poverty and lack of education perpetuate high adolescent birth rates. Inadequate funding for family planning is a major failure in fulfilling commitments to improving women’s reproductive health.

Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases

  • The incidence of HIV is declining steadily in most regions; but 2.5 million people are still newly infected each year.

Ensure Environment Sustainability

  • Global greenhouse gas emissions resume their upward path, confirming the need for bold action.
  • Forests are a safety net for the poor, but they continue to disappear at an alarming rate.

Develop Global Partnerships for Development

  • There is less aid money overall, with the poorest countries most adversely affected.

How far is the Philippines in attaining our MDGs?

Check out this link to the National Statistical Coordination Board’s MDG Watch.

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