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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
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