In 2000, 189 countries of the world signed the United Nations Millennium Declaration. This was an historic moment and set forth an ambitious agenda for improving the lives of the world’s poorest citizens by 2015 through a joint effort of developing and developed nations. The MDGs are a set of measurable goals and targets for combating poverty, hunger and disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.
Millennium Development Goals: The Promise of a Better World (Feb. 2005, Vol. 14, No. 1)