Millennium Development Goals

In April 2005 the Common Global Ministries Board passed a Resolution to Recommend the Millennium Development Goals for Study and Action. The Church is an important part of civil society working to meet these international targets for improving lives around the world by 2015.



Adopting a Global Development Agenda to Bring the Kin-dom Closer to Earth, by Susan Lea Smith, August 6, 2014

Water and the World We Want, by Derek Duncan, April 14, 2014

Millennium Development Goals

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

  • Halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015.
  • Halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015.

2. Achieve universal primary education

  • Ensure that by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary school education.

3. Promote gender equality and empower women

  • Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015.

4. Reduce child mortality

  • Reduce by two-thirds the under-5 mortality rate by 2015 (health).

5. Improve maternal health

  • Reduce by three-quarters the maternal mortality ratio by 2015 (health).

6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

  • By 2015 halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
  • By 2015 halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.

7. Ensure environmental sustainability

8. Create a global partnership for development with targets for aid, trade and debt relief

  • Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable non discriminatory trading and financial system
  • Address the special needs both of the least developed countries and of landlocked and small island developing countries.
  • Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries through national and international measures in order to make debt sustainable
  • In cooperation with developing countries, develop and implement strategies for decent and productive work for youth
  • In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
  • In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications.

To learn more about how Global Ministries is working towards these goals, follow the links in each section to see specific projects.