The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and leading development institutions.
They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest by the target date of 2015.
There are eight MDGs in total and all provide concrete benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty.
As the United Nations notes, the MDGs also provide a framework for the entire international community to work together towards a common end – making sure that human development reaches everyone, everywhere. If these goals are achieved, world poverty will be cut by half, tens of millions of lives will be saved, and billions more people will have the opportunity to benefit from the global economy.