The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established in the year 2000, aimed to improve the life for the world’s poorest and the most vulnerable by the year 2015.
The MDGs have been a milestone in global and national development priorities. In the past 13 years the world has seen great strides towards achieving these goals: global poverty continues to decline; more children (especially girls) than ever are attending primary school; child deaths have dropped dramatically; and targeted efforts in fighting malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis have saved millions of lives.
However, the prospects for achieving all of the eight MDGs differ severely across and within countries and regions and efforts to achieve a world of prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity and peace will need to continue after 2015. The international community has therefore initiated a process to start planning for a new development framework: the Post-2015 Development Agenda.