Environment, education and health need urgent progress, says MDG report

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Millions of lives have been saved and improved as several millennium development goals (MDGs) have been met or are within reach, but bolder action is needed in many areas, a UN report card said on Monday, with less than three years until the 2015 deadline.

Though targets on halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and on access to clean drinking water have been met, progress on the eight MDGs, which have a number of sub-targets, has been uneven between regions and countries, and within countries, according to this year’s annual progress report (pdf).

“Children from poor and rural households are much more likely to be out of school than their rich and urban counterparts,” said Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, in the report’s foreword.

Source: The Guardian (link opens in a new window)

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