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Millennium Development Goals

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made on achieving the targets outlined in the Millennium Development Goals; and if he will make a statement. (182982)

[holding answer 30 January 2008]: DFID’s public service agreements are based on the millennium development goals (MDGs). Progress was last reported in DFID’s annual report which was presented to Parliament on 15 May 2007. It is available in the Library of the House of Commons and on the DFID website:

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/pubs/files/departmental-report/2007/default.asp

The next up-date of this report will be published in May 2008.

There has been some progress towards the MDGs. The most recent official data at global level show that there has been good progress in reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty, increasing economic growth, getting more children into school, reducing child deaths and improving women’s political and economic participation. Much more needs to be done, however, particularly in maternal mortality, girls’ education, HIV/AIDs, malaria and other diseases, and accelerated improvements will be needed most urgently in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia if the MDGs targets are to be met.

The 2007 UN millennium development goals report, which can be found at http://unstats.un.org/unsd/mdg/default.aspx, gives a comprehensive account of progress to date on each of the goals, including the challenges that remain.