Half of the world’s population (around three billion people) live on less than two dollars per day. One billion of those people are chronically undernourished. Thirty thousand children die each day due to conditions of poverty. Something must be done.
The Millennium Project (MP) is the United Nations (UN) effort to do just that. Founded in 20002, the MP was created to develop solutions to what the UN terms this “grinding” poverty. The effort, however, dates back to 2000 when the largest gathering of the leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations was held to address the issue of extreme poverty. The outcome was the Millennium Declaration that contained a set of goals o be accomplished by 2015. Those goals have come to known as the Millennium Development Goals. The MP was established to make sure that deadline was reached.
The Millennium Development Goals consist of eight separate, but interrelated, objectives:
1. Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty
2. Achieve Universal Primary Education
3. Promote Gender Equality and Promote Women
4. Reduce Child Mortality
5. Improve Maternal Health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure Environmental Sustainability
8. Develop a Global Partnership for Development
Over 250 world experts who sit on ten thematic task forces facilitate the work of achieving these goals:
2. Education and Gender Equality
3. Child Health and Maternal Health
4. Working Group on HIV/AIDS
5. Working Group on Malaria
6. Working Group on TB
7. Working Group on Access to Essential Medicines
8. Environmental Sustainability
9. Water and Sanitation
10. Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers
Each panel produced final reports containing detailed recommendations to be implemented by developing countries. Following the presentation of these reports, the UN continued to work with target countries to implement the recommendations and otherwise develop strategies to meet the Millennium Development Goals.