Millennium Summit in September 2000

Largest gathering of world leaders Adopted United Nations Millennium Declaration to foster global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting a series of targets with a deadline of 2015

These targets were called Millennium Development Goals



targets poor directly, those living on less than one USD a day


Focus on the underlying causes of poverty; housimg, employment, health care, education, gender inequality, poor housing conditions


Develop global partnership


Special interest given to few countries:

  1. Five most populous countries - Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan - As they contain the most number of people
  2. Countries of former Soviet Union in Central and West Asia due to changing political environment

see also: Sustainable Development Goals MDGs to SDGs