The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) represent an international commitment to tackle poverty and hunger, lack of education, gender inequality, ill-health, and environmental degradation. The MDGs are part of the road map for implementing the Millennium Declaration, which was adopted by 189 member states at the Millennium Summit in the year 2000.
The MDGs are framed as a compact, which recognizes the contribution that developed countries can make through trade, development assistance, debt relief, and technology transfer. To measure progress over time, eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and a specific set of targets and indicators have been identified. The target date for the MDGs is the year 2015.