The Millennium Development Goals… MDGs…
a student summit
May be one of the best ways to consider global, regional or even national development is
to look at the Millennium Development Goals… they are certainly to do with development
and they appear to be all about improvements…
What are the Millennium Development Goals?
Adopted by world leaders in the year 2000 and set to be achieved by 2015, the Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs) provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many
The MDGs also provide a framework for the entire international community to work together towards a
common end – making sure that human development reaches everyone, everywhere. If these goals are
achieved, world poverty will be cut by half, tens of millions of lives will be saved, and billions more people
will have the opportunity to benefit from the global economy.
Use whatever research tools you can…
Consider the following questions…
What are the millennium development goals? – Find Out about them all…
a. Choose ONE of the MDGs and consider the following questions…
Research in detail in preparation for a seminar.
i. How can we measure their success or progress?
ii. How close to achievement are we?
iii. Do you think we will achieve these goals by the year 2015?
iv. If not /if so… why?
TASK: Prepare for a discussion about the development goals, their purpose, their success or failure and
whether they are merely a political tool or a social reality next class…