Millennium Development Report, 2013

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. This year’s report looks at the areas where action is needed most. For example, one in eight people worldwide remain hungry. Too many women die in childbirth when we have the means to save them. More than 2.5 billion people lack improved sanitation facilities, of which one billion continue to practice open defecation, a major health and environmental hazard. Our resource base is in serious decline, with continuing losses of forests, species and fish stocks, in a world already experiencing the impacts of climate change. This report also shows that the achievement of the MDGs has been uneven among and within countries. Children from poor and rural households are much more likely to be out of school than their rich and urban counterparts. Wide gaps remain in basic knowledge about HIV and its prevention among young men and women in sub-Saharan Africa, which has been hardest hit by the epidemic.

Highlights
  • The proportion of people living in extreme poverty has been halved at the global level
  • Over 2 billion people gained access to improved sources of drinking water
  • Remarkable gains have been made in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis
  • The hunger target is within reach
  • Remarkable gains have been made in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis
  • The proportion of slum dwellers in the cities and metropolises of the developing world is declining
  • A low debt burden and an improved climate for trade are levelling the playing field for developing countries
  • Environmental sustainability is under severe threat, demanding a new level of global cooperation
  • Most maternal deaths are preventable, and progress in this area is falling short
  • Access to antiretroviral therapy and knowledge about HIV prevention must expand
  • Too many children are still denied primary education
  • There is less aid money overall, with the poorest countries most adversely affected
  • Gains in sanitation are impressive—but not good enough
  • Gender-based inequalities in decision-making power persist

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