In September 2000, world leaders came together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets—with a deadline of 2015—that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). WESS 2014/2015 will look into the intellectual and institutional background of the MDGs and will recall the context, underpinning assumptions and expectations associated with the creation of the MDGs and the major challenges faced in implementing them.
WESS 2014/2015 will provide an overview of the MDG implementation process and Goals achievement in general terms, drawing upon relevant reports and studies. The report will review the expansive debates regarding the assessment and evaluation of the MDGs and draw attention to the multi-dimensional nature of its impact.
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World Economic and Social Survey 2014/2015: Chapter I