Eight Goals for 2015

MDGs in Zimbabwe

MDGs in ZimbabweCommunity members working on a cattle dip tank project in Masvingo. Poverty eradication (MDG One) remains a challenge in Zimbabwe. Photo - UNDP 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.

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