Millennium Development Goals

Girl in a classroomThe Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) The eight MDGs, adopted by the international community in 2000, set targets for 2015 on eradicating poverty, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV and AIDS and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, and providing financing for development.

The MDGs provide a basic roadmap for development. Gender equality is the third goal, but it is also integral to achieving all eight MDGs, from preventing the spread of HIV to sustaining the environment in the face of climate change.

UN Women’s programmes worldwide target some aspect of the MDGs. As well as funding activities in the field, education monitoring, reporting and advocacy are key aspects of these programmes.

What UNWNCANZ does about the MDGs

Monitoring CEDAW compliance is an important way to check on progress with the MDGs. Gender equality is a key concern and we ensure that we contribute to sections of the CEDAW alternate report that is coordinated through the National Council of Women. Our participation in WRAP ( is another key way to support activities to promote the MDGs in the Pacific.