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The United Nations in Ethiopia: Transforming Ethiopia Together

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laws-to-protect-breastfeeding-inadequate-in-most-countries GENEVA/NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 9 May 2016 –A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals the status of national laws to protect and promote breastfeeding.   Of...

uncares-organized-series-of-events-marking-stress-free-week   UNCARES Ethiopia organized a week-long series of events for UN staff to mark stress free week.  The events were organized as a follow up to an online survey conducted among a random sample UN staff members on stress in the...

un-agencies-urge-stronger-coordinated-international-response-to-el-nino   The UN has called for a stronger response by governments, aid organizations and the private sector to address the devastating impact the El Niño climate event is having on the food security, livelihoods, nutrition and health of some 60...

un-high-level-independent-team-of-advisors-visits-ethiopia-as-un-reviews-its-role-in-2030-agenda UN high level Independent Team of Advisors The United Nations Independent Team of Advisors (ITA) visited Ethiopia as part of the UN-ECOSOC Dialogue to review the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the 2030...

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

At the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, 189 Member States adopted the Millennium Declaration and pledged to reach the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

This represented an unprecedented consensus by world leaders on the major global challenges of the 21st century as well as a common commitment to meet these challenges.

The Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) contained within it, set out a vision of inclusive development that expands the choices of all people in segments of society, and prioritizes the elimination of structural, institutional and cultural obstacles to participation in development.

It provides a road map and vision of a world free from poverty and hunger, with universal education, better health, environmental sustainability, freedom, justice and equality for all.

Ethiopia is one of the 189 countries that signed the Milleinnum Declaration. The Country has made commendable progress towards reaching most of the MDGs. Apart from the overall decline in poverty, positive gains have been made in terms of education, health and reducing the prevalence of HIV and AIDS. These advances are owed largely to the Government's efforts, with substantial support from the UN.

According to the latest reports, Ethiopia is on track to meet most of the MDGs by 2015 if progress continues or the pace increased. The Government and the UN are now accelerating their efforts to meet the Goals that are slightly off-track (Gender Equality and Women‚ Women's Empowerment, Maternal Health and Environmental Sustainability) by the set deadline through the Growth and Transformation Plan and the United Nations Development Assistance Framwork, which are aligned with the last five years of the MDGs.

Summary of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in Ethiopia


MDG News & Stories from the UN

Scaling-up action on achieving MDG 5: Maternal mortality

Axum successfully hosts the 2014 MDG Race

Accelerating Progress for Maternal and Newborn Health

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