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Millennium Development Goals

 

In September 2000, at the United Nations Millennium Summit, world leaders agreed to set a time-frame for measurable goals and targets to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and gender inequality. These Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), along with the Millennium Declaration, are now at the heart of the global development agenda and at the centre of Tanzania’s national strategies for growth and poverty reduction, MKUKUTA II and MKUZA II.

The Millennium Declaration includes a set of 8 goals, which encompass 18 targets for development and poverty eradication to be achieved by 2015:

MDG 1

Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

MDG 2

Achieve universal primary education

MDG 3

Promote gender equality and empower women

MDG 4

 Reduce child mortality

MDG 5

Improve maternal health

MDG 6

 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

MDG 7

Ensure environmental sustainability

MDG 8

Develop a global partnership for development

 

Tanzania has embraced the MDGs within its national Poverty Monitoring System since 2001 and has made considerable progress in achieving them. Targets in Primary school net enrolment, equity in primary education, access to safe water and reduction in child mortality have already been met or are now on track to be met by 2015. Despite important progress, efforts need to be accelerated to reduce maternal mortality, to halt and reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, to achieve greater gender equality and to cut extreme poverty by half.


For information about the status of the MDGs in Tanzania please see the MDG Progress report for Tanzania at: http://www.tz.undp.org/mdgs_progress.html

For more information about the MDGs in general, visit: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

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