The Millennium Project

UNDP United Nations Development Programme

United Nations Development Programme is the UN’s global development network to help people meet their development needs and build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working as a trusted partner with governments, civil society and the private sector to help them build their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

Our UN identity ensures our neutrality and our respect for each country’s control over the future. Our commitment to development makes us advocates of change, and our wide, decentralized presence keeps UNDP close to development issues, resources and thinking. Countries draw on the knowledge not just of the people of UNDP but also of our broad circle of partners, together encompassing a world of development experience.

UNDP established its presence in Georgia in 1993. We work to promote national development and set our priorities in agreement with the Georgian Government.

Closely cooperating with national institutions, civil society and the private sector, UNDP assists Georgia in four major areas:

In all its activities, UNDP seeks to promote the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world’s main development challenges. They form a blueprint agreed upon by the absolute majority of world countries and all the world’s leading development institutions to address issues such as poverty, hunger, and education for the world’s poorest.

The eight Millennium Development Goals are:

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

  • Target 1a: Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day
  • Target 1b: Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
  • Target 1c: Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

  • Target 2a: Ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

  • Target 3a: Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015

Goal 4: Reduce child mortality

  • Target 4a: Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five

Goal 5: Improve maternal health

  • Target 5a: Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio
  • Target 5b: Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health

Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

  • Target 6a: Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
  • Target 6b: Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it
  • Target 6c: Halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases

Goal 7: Ensure environmental stability

  • Target 7a: Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources
  • Target 7b: Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss
  • Target 7c: Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water
  • Target 7d: Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020

Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development

  • Target 8a: Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
  • Target 8b: Address the special needs of the least developed countries
  • Target 8c: Address the special needs of landlocked developing countries and small island developing States (through the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States and the outcome of the twenty-second special session of the General Assembly)
  • Target 8d: Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries through national and international measures in order to make debt sustainable in the long term

As a signatory to the Millennium Declaration of September 2000, Georgia is committed to defining and fulfilling the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that address specific Georgian needs. For each of the eight MDGs there are a number of national targets adjusted for Georgia.

The Millennium Project was commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2002 to develop a concrete action plan for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people.

After the presentation of the Millennium Project’s final reports, the secretariat team worked in an advisory capacity through to the end of 2006 to support the implementation of the Project’s recommendations, with special focus on supporting developing countries’ preparation of national development strategies aligned with achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Reaching the Millennium Development Goals

At the Millennium Summit in September 2000 the largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the UN 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).

The Millennium Villages are based on a single powerful idea: impoverished villages can transform themselves and meet the Millennium Development Goals if they are empowered with proven, powerful, practical technologies. By investing in health, food production, education, access to clean water, and essential infrastructure, these community-led interventions will enable impoverished villages to escape extreme poverty, something that currently confines over 1 billion people worldwide.



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