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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 03, 2014 A new report by an NGO paints a very grim picture of nutritional status of children in India’s national capital.

Jul 07, 2013 With barely 900 days to go for the end of the MDG road, the 2013 score card presents good as well as disappointing news. Just six of the 21 targets have been met or are close to being met even as aid funds continue to decline putting the other targets in peril.

Apr 17, 2014 New experiences, new ideas and the confidence to say ‘no’ when the need arises – these young women are finally game to live life on their own terms, writes Elsa Mathews.

May 07, 2013 Every year, over 309,300 children (29 per cent of global share) in India don't live beyond the first day because of pre-term birth, hygiene and maternal health complications, says the latest World Mothers Report authored by US-based organization, Save the Children. This is higher than for any of the other country 176 countries ranked in the report.

Jun 03, 2013 Despite its impressive economic achievements, Karnataka lags far behind its southern peers on maternal health, says a new independent study.

Feb 11, 2014 According to World Lung Foundation, more than one million Indians die prematurely from tobacco related disease each year.

Apr 09, 2014 The water-people connection is lost with emergence of piped water supply from distant sources, said G K Bhat, a specialist in drought and water resource management.

Mar 10, 2014 Agriculture and food security are foremost among the priority areas for India-Africa partnerships, said Anand Sharma, India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry.

Apr 11, 2014 The political parties, for the first time, are expositing several ideas and actions on climate change, clean energy, energy efficiency and rural electrification.

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