Ten years ago, world leaders from 189 countries signed the United Nations Millennium Declaration, pledging to fight global poverty. The plan laid out eight goals, known as the Millennium Development Goals, to be completed by 2015.
The goals are: to end hunger, to provide primary education to all children, to promote gender equity, to reduce child mortality and maternal mortality, to fight the spread of AIDS and to work toward environmental sustainability. The final goal is to forge a global partnership between developed and developing countries to accomplish the first seven goals. Each goal sets tangible, measurable outcomes to be achieved by 2015.
Now, just five years away from the deadline, world leaders are convening for the 2010 Millennium Development Goals Review Summit to assess the progress that has been made -- and what remains to be accomplished.
GOOD reports some of the goals are partly on track to be met in five years -- but many of them remain a distant dream.
Individuals can get involved by participating in any number of actions listed on the Millennium Development Goals website. Actions include joining the Millennium campaign, fighting hunger by playing the Free Rice game or becoming a Citizen Ambassador to the U.N.