130626 UN MDGs Report 2013
130626 The Millennium Development Goals Report
This report is based on a master set of data that has been compiled by an Inter-Agency and Expert Group on
MDG Indicators led by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, in
response to the wishes of the General Assembly for periodic assessment of progress towards the MDGs.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Significant and substantial progress has been made in meeting many of the targets—including halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and the proportion of people without sustainable access to
improved sources of drinking water. The proportion of urban slum dwellers declined significantly. Remarkable gains have been made in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis. There have been visible improvements in all health areas as well as primary education.
We are now less than 1,000 days to the 2015 target date for achieving the MDGs. This year’s report looks
at the areas where action is needed most. For example, one in eight people worldwide remain hungry. Too many women die in childbirth when we have the means to save them. More than 2.5 billion people lack improved sanitation facilities, of which one billion continue to practice open defecation, a major health and
environmental hazard. Our resource base is in serious decline, with continuing losses of forests, species and
fish stocks, in a world already experiencing the impacts of climate change.
This report also shows that the achievement of the MDGs has been uneven among and within countries.
Children from poor and rural households are much more likely to be out of school than their rich and urban
counterparts. Wide gaps remain in basic knowledge about HIV and its prevention among young men and
women in sub-Saharan Africa, which has been hardest hit by the epidemic.
In more than a decade of experience in working towards the MDGs, we have learned that focused global
development efforts can make a difference.