In 2000, 189 countries adopted the United Nations Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). The idea was that developed and developing nations alike would work together to reduce global poverty by 2015. Eight key goals were agreed. We are now halfway towards the target date and despite some significant achievements, most of the MDGs are way off track. Over the next few weeks we’d like to take a closer look at how Logistics plays and can play a part in accelerating MDG progress; looking at the structure and not just the symptoms of these issues. Especially in the context of the current crisis …

These are the MDGs:

MDG1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. Targets include halving the number of people living on less than one dollar a day or hungry and achieving full and productive employment.

MDG2. Achieve universal primary education.

MDG3. Promote gender equality and empower women. Targets include education at all levels, in waged employment outside agriculture, and in the number of seats held in government.

MDG4. Reduce child mortality. This includes both infants and children under five, as well as increasing the number of under-one-year olds immunised against measles.

MDG5. Improve maternal health. Targets include reducing the maternal mortality rate and achieving universal access to reproductive health.

MDG6. Combat HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseases. Targets include: halting and reversing the spread of HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseases, and universal access to treatment for HIV/Aids.

MDG7. Ensure environmental sustainability. targets include reducing biodiversity loss, improving the lives of slum dwellers and having the number of people without access to clean drinking water and safe sanitation.

MDG8. Develop a global partnership for development. Targets include debt reduction, trade and access to technology.

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