The Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), established at the 2000 Geneva Conference are to be achieved within 601 days at the time of submission, if the world is to meet the target date of 2015. The progress of the MDGs has been measured and compared within various studies, and although there is still a long way to go, this UN incentive has encouraged positive action within developing countries to break the poverty cycle (Permanyer, 2011). In particular, the progress of the targets and indicators of Goal 1, as implemented in the country of Bangladesh, will be discussed to methodologically explore the success of this initiative in achieving higher quality of life.

In order to gain a closer understanding of the progress of the Milennium Development Goals, a consideration of the success of individual goals is required. “Countries are demonstrating that rapid and large-scale progress is possible when Government leadership, policies and strategies for scaling up public investments are combined with financial and technical support from the international community” (Migiro, 2007). According to the MDG Report for 2013, some of the Millennium Development Goals have already been achieved (1. UN, 2013). Target 1.A of goal 1, which is to reduce extreme poverty rates by half before 2015, has already been met five years before the deadline. The proportion of people living on less than US$1 a day has been halved. Similarly, target 1.C of goal 1, to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger, is within reach (2. UN, 2013).

Whilst success is evident within Goal 1 of the Milllennium Development Goals, it is important to consider the progress of this goal within individual nations. Increased understanding of the progress of this particu...

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