Based on the latest data available and through an analysis of the trends of the eight MDGs, as well as the current supportive environment, this report assesses the likelihood for the achievement of each MDG target.
Eight Goals for 2015
- 1 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty
- 2 Achieve universal primary education
- 3 Promote gender equality and empower women
- 4 Reduce child mortality
MDGs in Zimbabwe
In September 2010, a high level MDG summit was convened at the UN headquarters in New York. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attended the summit and presented the new national MDG Status Report for the country. The participants emphasized their renewed and reinforced commitment to achieve the MDGs by 2015 and the outcome of this meeting stated the commitment of all “to making every effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, including through actions, policies and strategies in support of developing countries, particular those countries that are lagging most behind and those goals that are most off-track, thus improving the life of the poorest people.
The Millenium Development Goals, (MDGs) are eight specific development goals that all 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015. Zimbabwe, as a member of the United Nations, was among the UN member states promising to work hard towards attainment of the MDGs.
Each of the goals accompanied with clear targets and indicators to allow for their monitoring and measurement. The 8 goals provide a framework for the entire international community to work together towards a common end—to encourage international development by improving the social and economic conditions in the world’s poorest countries.
The MDGs are the most broadly supported, comprehensive, and specific poverty reduction targets the world has ever established. The goals represent much more than countries’ commitments to achieve them. For people living in poverty, reaching the MDGs offers the means to a better life - a life with access to adequate food and income, to basic education and health services, to clean water and sanitation, and to empowerment for women.
The multiple crises the world has experienced in recent years, such as the global recession, the food and fuel crises, and the reality of climate change, have not made the task of achieving the MDGs any easier. But the impacts of these crises should not give any of us an excuse to lower our ambitions on the goals. On the contrary, with achievement of these development goals being more urgent than ever, we need to step up our efforts and accelerate progress.
Latest MDG Publications
Zimbabwe has made significant progress in meeting some MDGs, most notably MDG 2 on universal primary education, achieving gender equality in schools and in fighting HIV/AIDS.
- 27 Aug 2015:Towards Localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Zimbabwe
- 21 Aug 2014:Bridging the Gender Digital Divide in Zimbabwe
- 31 Jul 2014:Promoting Development in Zimbabwe through Information Communication Technology
- 13 Feb 2014:The Dawn of a New IT Era
- 13 Feb 2014:Improving Service Delivery through Reliable Communication