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MDG Countdown: Exactly 500 Days Left For The UN-Millennium Development Goals To Be Met

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The historic commitment to achieve the eight millennium development goal targets, which range from tackling extreme poverty to combating HIV/Aids and securing universal primary education, have been the focus of much debate and critique. But as the 2015 deadline looms, The Guardian asked global development’s influencers and campaigners to reflect on how the MDGs have changed the world, giving concrete examples of transformation.

All Africa.  Please read here, what eight important and powerful influentials have to say: 

MDG 1: Eradicating extreme poverty

Rajiv Shah, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development

MDG 2: Achieving universal primary education

Julia Gillard, board chair of Global Partnership.

MDG 3: Gender equality

Jessica Neuwirth, founder of Equality Now.

MDG 4: Reduce child mortality

Dr. Mickey Chopra, associate director of programmes and chief of health, Unicef.

MDG 5: Improving maternal health

Toyin Saraki, founder and director of Wellbeing Foundation Africa.  

MDG 6: Combating HIV/Aids and disease

Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, director of HIV department at World Health Organisation.

MDG 7: Environmental sustainability

Yeb Sano, Philippines climate change commissioner.

MDG 8: Global partnerships for development 

Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holdings.


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