The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were the eight international development goals established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations (UN) in 2000, where the United Nations Millennium Declaration 1 was adopted. The MDGs were meant to be achieved by 2015 and provided a global and overarching framework for economic development, including poverty reduction, improved health and education outcomes and other priority areas across developing countries. 2 While global progress towards achieving the MDGs was very successful in many areas, progress was uneven in terms of both regions and goals. By their deadline in 2015, some of the goals remained unachieved and many new challenges had emerged in the world.
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