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The eight Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, originated from the United Nation's Millennium Declaration emphasising the right of every individual to dignity, freedom, equality, a basic standard of living, including freedom from hunger and violence, and encouraging tolerance and solidarity.


When these goals were adopted during the Millennium Summit in 2000, all the United Nations’ member states agreed to achieve these by the end of 2015. However, with the deadline inching closer as every month passes, there is still much remaining to be done to universally achieve the goals.


An important outcome of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, has been an agreement on a new set of goals to succeed the MDGs post-2015. But there is still some debate on the nature of these goals, which are now being referred to as the Sustainable Development Goals.

Apr 01, 2015 Sehore (Madhya Pradesh): Narmada, the river that is considered to be the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh is facing challenges not of its own making. Climate change is now impacting the health of the river, which also impacts the sustenance of the lush green fields of wheat and chickpea around the Narmada.

Leeladhar Manjhi, a fifty- year-old fisherman and a native of Budhni, a Nagar Palika in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, said that rains had become very erratic in the last two decades. “Sometimes it rains very heavily, other times there are no rains at all. Earlier, it used to used to rain for four months in the monsoon season, nowadays it rains only for one or two months,” he said.

Manjhi said that income from fishing has dwindled over the years. “My income from fishing is just enough to sustain the family. Scanty rainfall is having an adverse impact on fish breeding. Also, because of less water in the river, there is less silt deposit near the banks which is harming melon cultivation,” he said.

Jun 03, 2013 According to an independent UN human rights expert, a two-child policy aimed at Rohingya Muslims violates their human rights

Nov 05, 2012 As waves of people come to seek refuge in relief camps, food and shelter remain the uppermost need of the refugees, says UNHCR.

Jun 09, 2014 The Indian Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of the book, ‘Getting India Back on track – an action agenda for reform’.

Nov 04, 2011 Keep the Promise: Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report published by the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan highlights case studies, UN and partner organisations’ projects and opportunities available in India for achieving the MDGs.
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