The lottery of birth
The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth

3.1 Progress on Millennium Development Goals

The UN created eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the year 2000 in a concerted effort to improve the lives of the poorest people around the world. The deadline was set for 2015. How far did we get, and how far do we have to go?

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Back in 2000, the UN created the Millennium Development Goals in an effort to improve life in developing regions by 2015. How far did we get? Extreme poverty rates have been cut in half, but one in eight people worldwide still go hungry.
Enrollment in primary education increased from 83% to 90%. Yet, 1 out of 10 primary school age kids are not in the classroom.
Gender equality has been met at the primary school level, but women still hold less secure jobs than men.
17,000 fewer children die each day, but 6 million are still dying before their fifth birthday.
Maternal mortality fell 45%. Though only half of women in developing regions get recommended prenatal care.
HIV infections and malaria deaths declined by more than 40%. Still, every hour, 50 young women are infected with HIV.
More than a quarter of the world's population got improved sanitation, but 2.5 billion people still don't have basic sanitation like toilets.
Economic trade continues to improve. And aid money hit a record of $134.8 billion in 2013. But focus is shifting away from the poorest countries, countries where these goals are least met.
As 2015 approaches, we've achieved a lot, but there's still much to do. Want more? Download the AJ+ mobile app and join the conversation. Available in your app store now.
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