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.
– . 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.