To measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, a framework of 21 quantifiable targets and 60 indicators was set up by a consensus of experts from the United Nations Secretariat, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank. The following is a detailed list of the targets and indicators supported by research material for each of the Goals:
Target 1A - Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day.
Indicator 1.1: Proportion of population below $1 (PPP) per day
Indicator 1.2: Poverty gap ratio
Indicator 1.3: Share of poorest quintile in national consumption
Target 1B - Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people.
Indicator 1.4: Growth rate of GDP per person employed
Indicator 1.5: Employment-to-population ratio
Indicator 1.6: Proportion of employed people living below $1 (PPP) per day
Indicator 1.7: Proportion of own-account and contributing family workers in total employment
Target 1C - Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.
Indicator 1.8: Prevalence of underweight children under-five years of age
Indicator 1.9: Proportion of population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption
Target 2 - Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.
Indicator 2.1: Net enrollment ratio in primary education
Indicator 2.2: Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
Indicator 2.3 Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men
Target 3 - Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015.
Indicator 3.1: Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education
Indicator 3.2 Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector
Indicator 3.3 Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament
Target 4 - Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate.
Indicator 4.1: Under-five mortality rate
Indicator 4.2: Infant mortality rate
Indicator 4.3: Proportion of 1 year-old children immunized against measles
Target 5A - Reduce by three-quarters the maternal mortality ratio.
Indicator 5.1: Maternal mortality ratio
Indicator 5.2: Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel
Target 5B - Achieve universal access to reproductive health.
Indicator 5.3: Contraceptive prevalence rate
Indicator 5.4: Adolescent birth rate
Indicator 5.5: Antenatal care coverage (at least one visit and at least four visits)
Indicator 5.6: Unmet need for family planning
Target 6A - Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Indicator 6.1: HIV prevalence among population aged 15-24 years
Indicator 6.2: Condom use at last high-risk sex
Indicator 6.3: Proportion of population aged 15-24 years with comprehensive correct knowledge of HIV/AIDS
Indicator 6.4: Ratio of school attendance of orphans to school attendance of non-orphans aged 10-14 years
Target 6B - Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it.
Indicator 6.5: Proportion of population with advanced HIV infection with access to antiretroviral drugs
Target 6C - Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.
Indicator 6.6: Incidence and death rates associated with malaria
Indicator 6.7: Proportion of children under 5 sleeping under insecticide-treated bednets
Indicator 6.8: Proportion of children under 5 with fever who are treated with appropriate anti-malarial drugs
Indicator 6.9: Incidence, prevalence and death rates associated with tuberculosis
Indicator 6.10: Proportion of tuberculosis cases detected and cured under directly observed treatment short course
Target 7A - Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources.
Target 7B - Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss.
Indicator 7.1: Proportion of land area covered by forest
Indicator 7.2: CO2 emissions, total, per capita and per $1 GDP (PPP)
Indicator 7.3: Consumption of ozone-depleting substances
Indicator 7.4: Proportion of fish stocks within safe biological limits
Indicator 7.5: Proportion of total water resources used
Indicator 7.6: Proportion of terrestrial and marine areas protected
Indicator 7.7: Proportion of species threatened with extinction
Target 7C - Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
Indicator 7.8: Proportion of population using an improved drinking water source
Indicator 7.9: Proportion of population using an improved sanitation facility
Target 7D - By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.
Indicator 7.10: Proportion of urban population living in slums
Target 8A - Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system. This includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction - both nationally and internationally.
Target 8B - Address the special needs of the least developed countries. This includes tariff- and quota- free access for the least developed countries’ exports; enhanced programme of debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries (HIPC) and cancellation of official bilateral debt; and more generous ODA for countries committed to poverty reduction.
Target 8C - Address the special needs of land-locked countries and small island developing states through the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States and 22nd General Assembly provisions.
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.
Official Development Assistance
Indicator 8.1: Net ODA, total and to the least developed countries LDCs, as percentage of OECD/Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors’ gross national income
Indicator 8.2: Proportion of total bilateral, sector-allocable ODA of OECD/DAC donors to basic social services (basic education, primary health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation)
Indicator 8.3: Proportion of bilateral ODA of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
Indicator 8.4: ODA received in landlocked developing countries as a proportion of their GNIs
Indicator 8.5: ODA received in small island developing states as proportion of their GNIs
Indicator 8.6: Proportion of total developed country imports (by value and excluding arms) from developing countries and from LDCs, admitted free of duty Indicator 8.7: Average tariffs imposed by developed countries on agricultural products and textiles and clothing from developing countries
Indicator 8.8: Agricultural support estimate for OECD countries as a percentage of their GDP
Indicator 8.9: Proportion of ODA provided to help build trade capacity
Indicator 8.10: Total number of countries that have reached their Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiatives (HIPC) decision points and number that have reached their HIPC completion points (cumulative)
Indicator 8.11: Debt relief committed under HIPC and MDRI initiative
Indicator 8.12: Debt service as a percentage of exports of goods and services
Target 8E - In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries.
Indicator 8.13: Proportion of population with access to affordable essential drugs on a sustainable basis
Target 8F - In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications technologies.
Indicator 8.14: Telephone lines per 100 population
Indicator 8.15: Cellular subscribers per 100 population
Indicator 8.16: Internet users per 100 population
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For a more detailed breakdown of the Millennium Development Goals, please read the Millennium Development Goals Report 2009
Additional MDG-related resources include: Keeping the Promise (2010 Report of the UN Secretary General).
Following on a proposal by the UN Secretary-General, the General Assembly has decided to convene an MDG summit (High-level Plenary Meeting) on 20-22 September, with the primary objective to accelerate progress towards all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, taking into account the progress made towards the internationally agreed development goals.
The President of the UN General Assembly will also convene Hearings with NGOs, Civil Society and the Private Sector from 14-15 June 2010.
This resolution determined the ’modalities’ (format and process) for the High-level Plenary Meeting (MDG summit) to take place this September. It also sets out the basic parameters for the Hearings with NGOs, civil society organisations and the private sector.
Member States gathered at the 2005 High-level Plenary Meeting in New York to reaffirm commitments made at the Millennium Summit in 2000 and embodied in the Millennium Declaration.
UN Member States adopted the Millennium Declaration at the Millennium Summit in September 2000. The declaration acknowledged the challenges facing humanity and established a new framework for a global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and to promote inclusive development, peace, security and human rights. The MDGs flow directly from the Millennium Declaration.