In Print and Online
Category: Sustainable development
Organization: United Nations (UN)
Date: July 7, 2011
Number of pages: 72
Eco-Index Summary: In 2000, all 193 United Nations member states and 23 international organizations agreed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include eradicating extreme poverty and ensuring environmental sustainability, by the year 2015. Now, more than ten years later, the UN has released a report describing the progress made towards achieving those goals. The report highlights significant strides that have been made, due in part to continued economic growth in some developing countries, targeted efforts in critical MDG areas, such as health, and increased funding in certain areas. However, it says that there are still serious challenges to reaching the goals by 2015, as progress have been uneven and much of the world's poorest have been left behind. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of environmental sustainability, stating that moving onto a more sustainable path is essential to achieving the MDGs, and that ecosystems must be protected to support continued growth and natural environments.