oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Including older persons in efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals : conference paper

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were signed by 189 United Nations member states in 2000, following the Millennium Declaration. These fundamental development goals were meant to set the framework for achieving global development targets by 2015. The framework proclaimed global agreement on key issues facing the world and set a timeline to achieve them with known indicators to measure progress from country to country. The goals are: to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; to achieve universal primary education; to promote gender equality and empower women; to reduce child mortality; to improve maternal health; to combat HIV / AIDS, malaria and other diseases; to ensure environmental sustainability; and to develop a global partnership for development.

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