It is our conviction and experience that the seemingly impossible can be achieved if efforts are focused on shared, clear goals and targets and results are constantly monitored and acted on.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) consist of 8 key development goals that address health, education, environment and partnerships. The MDGs are holistic in the ways in which they complement each other in combating poverty. In the year 2000 world leaders from low and high income countries agreed to work in partnership to achieve these goals by the year 2015. See here for the list of goals and targets. See Development, Achievements, and Poverty for more details.
Millennium Goals: Important for Business
There are 0.5 billion individuals in the mature markets (>20.000$/cap/year), 2 billion in emerging markets (20.000-3.000$) and 4 billion in the base of the pyramid (<3.000$).
These 4 billion individuals make up more than half of the world’s population. They represent a significant challenge but are also seen as an a significant development and growth opportunity. More than half (2.4 billion)of them live in extreme poverty. The post-2015 MDG/SDG Agenda should focus on these people making it possible also for them to move out of poverty and laying the foundation for sustainable development. Business can play a key role in accelerating this process, requesting and supporting the implementation of the MDG/SDG Agenda.
What Corporations Can Do
Contact Rio Monte for a social analysis that identifies opportunities related to your operation in low income countries. Our analysis is based on National Development/MDG Plans, existing gaps and your core business. We help you to gain a better understanding of the social context in the areas your company does business.
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Millennium Goals: Important for Individuals
The main challenges of our time are combating poverty and inequality and protecting the environment. These challenges are closely interrelated and affect our lives and our future. A world in poverty is not a just and safe world and we have enough resources for all. The future depends on us.
What Individual Citizens Can Do
Consider joining The MDG Pre-Post 2015 Group and play an active and strategic role in combating poverty and moving towards sustainable development.
Share your energy, ideas and insight by inviting friends and co-workers to the Group. Become a leader and meet other leaders to change the world. This is what Rio Monte is about.
Get more background on how experience in social development led to the development of the Millennium Goals.
Prioritize National Plans to Achieve Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals
Most low income countries have adapted the Millennium Goals to their situations and incorporated them into their National Development Plans.
Since the Millennium Goals address the most critical issues for sustainable development, plans for how to achieve the goals should be the highest priority not only for governments; their progress should also be closely followed by citizens and by corporations that are concerned about progress and sustainability.
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