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United Nations Millennium Development Goals: About UN Millennium Development Goals

Describes indicators included in Data Planet that measure progress by nations toward meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals.

About UN Millennium Development Goals

In advance of the Millennium Summit convened in September 2000, the Secretary-General presented his report "We the peoples: The role of the United Nations in the twenty-first century" (A/54/2000) in which he identified challenges facing the international community and put forward an action plan for addressing them. The resulting eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by 189 of the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. The statistics presented here measure progress toward meeting these goals and are the product of the work of the Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) on MDG Indicators, coordinated by the UN Statistics Division.

UN Millennium Development Goals: DataSheet Examples

Clink on the links below to view sample DataSheets created in Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference that provide statistical abstracts complete with infographics of indicators included in the Millennium Development Goals datasets. From the infographic, you can also enter Data-Planet Statistical Datasets to further manipulate the data and explore relationships between these metrics and other indicators in the vast Data-Planet repository. [Note that when you are logged into Statistical Ready Reference, you can create an updated version of the DataSheet to view the latest available data.] 

The indicators below are linked to DataSheets. These are just a sampling to give you an idea of the granularity of the available data. There are many more indicators on this topics in the repository - add search terms for countries and other metrics of social and economic development. Contact your library staff for help in formulating your search strategy.

Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger - Target 1.A. : Shows the trend for Zambia in achieving the goal of halving, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than one dollar a day.  

Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger - Target 1.B : Shows progress in Italy toward achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people. The DataSheet shows the youth unemployment rate for both sexes.

Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger - Target 1.C: Shows dismal progress in the Sudan in meeting the goal of halving, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.

Millennium Development Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education - Target 2.A : Shows a measure of the progress achieved in Djibouti in ensuring that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. 

Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women - Target 3.A : Shows the trend in the gender parity index in tertiary enrollment for Vietnam.          

Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality - Target 4.A : Shows progress in reducing by two-thirds the under-five mortality rate in Uzbekistan.          

Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health - Target 5.A : Displays progress by Iran in reducing the maternal mortality ratio.   

Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health - Target 5.B : Shows the trend in the adolescent birth rate, per 1,000 women, in France.    

Millennium Development Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases - Target 6.A :  Tracks progress in South Africa in halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS using the metric of the number of children orphaned by AIDS.           

Millennium Development Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases - Target 6.B :  Shows antiretroviral therapy coverage among people with advanced HIV infection in Swaziland.

Millennium Development Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases - Target 6.C :  Shows the declining trend in Equatorial New Guinea in the tuberculosis death rate per year per 100,000 population.

Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability - Target 7.A : Shows the trend in energy use (kg oil equivalent) per $1,000 GDP in the United States.

Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability - Target 7.B : Tracks square kilometers of  protected terrestrial areas in Uruguay.

Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability - Target 7.C : Shows the proportion of the population using improved drinking water sources in Yemen. 

Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability - Target 7.D : Tracks the declining trend in the slum population as a percentage of the urban population in Bangladesh.

Millennium Development Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development - Target 8 A : As a metric of developing an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system, this indicator tracks the percentage of imports from developing countries, admitted duty free, into Argentina.

Millennium Development Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development - Target 8 B: As a metric of addressing the special needs of the least developed nations, this indicator displays debt relief delivered in full to Burkina Faso under the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative, in cumulative million US$.

Millennium Development Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development - Target 8 C: As a metric of addressing the special needs of landlocked and small island states, this indicator displays ODA received in Azerbaijan as percentage of GNI.

Millennium Development Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development - Target 8 D : Displays debt service as percentage of exports of goods and services and net income in the Congo (Brazzaville).

Millennium Development Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development - Target 8.E :  This target establishes the goal of providing access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries, in cooperation with pharmaceutical companies. As of 2013, no global or regional data are available.

Millennium Development Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development - Target 8.F: Shows mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in Algeria.

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Sample DataSheet: Cell phone subscriptions in Algeria

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