Changes that will make – or break – the world in 2015
As 2015 unfolds, we’ll see changes in the world in policy, scienes and human rights. Our timeline shows some of them.
2015 is the year of not only the first solar aircraft that circumnavigates the globe or of the EXPO in Italy (see our timeline). Nearly 15 years ago the largest gathering of world leaders in history took place, as 193 UN member states met in New York to discuss the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These were eight international objectives with ambitious targets for developing countries, most of them to be achieved by the end of December 2015:
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
By 2015, reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day. By 2015, reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.
2. Achieve universal primary education
By 2015, ensure a full course of primary schooling for boys and girls alike.
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
By 2005, eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education; and at all levels of education by 2015.
4. Reduce child mortality rates
By 2015, reduce by two-thirds the number of children dying under age five.
5. Improve maternal health
By 2015, reduce by three quarters the number of women dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
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
Reverse the loss of environmental resources. By 2015, halve the proportion of people lacking access to safe drinking water. By 2020, achieve significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.
8. Develop a global partnership for development
Address the special needs of the least developed countries, landlocked nations and small island developing states. Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries through national and international measures, in order to make debt sustainable in the long term. In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications technologies.
fairplanet will report if and how each single goal was achieved at the end of 2015.