The Global Reduction Goals: The Millennium Development Goals

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Background to the Study The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight-point agenda adopted by 189 Nations - and signed by 149 Heads of States and Governments (including Nigeria) on the problem of poverty and its attendant effects in the least developed countries (LDCs) of the world have elicited great interest and attracted support from the international community (UNDP 2010). The decision to formulate a long term poverty reduction strategy was reached during the United Nations Millennium Summit held in New York in September 2000, in line with the International Development Targets (IDT) which aims at improving socio-economic and human development and ensuring environmental sustainability and regeneration. The outcome of the United Nations Millennium summit was a declaration…show more content…
Target 7B: Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss. Target 7C: Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainability access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Target 7D: Achieve, by 2020, a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers. Source: Culled from UNDP, (2010) 1.9 Limitations of the Study The research encountered lack of cognate literature especially indices on the level of poverty and hunger before and during the adoption of the MDGs by the United Nations and its implementation in the area of study. Although, assessment in this area has been embarked upon internationally and nationally, much has not been done at the sub-national level like the south-south zone of Nigeria. However, the researcher was able to overcome this through use of a well-articulated and structured questionnaires, interviews and direct available data from the MDGs offices to overcome the
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