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Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development
In today’s interdependent global economy, it makes good business sense for companies to address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs aim to develop secure, stable and prosperous societies, in which business can flourish. The private sector benefits from the participation of a healthy, educated workforce, and the presence of a solid base of consumers and investors. Also, many of the problems addressed by the MDGs, such as poor health and education, conflict and instability, environmental degradation, and global climate change, can directly increase the costs and risks of undertaking business in developing communities. Failure to address these issues can also lead to short-term and long-term financial risks, market risks, litigation risks and reputation risks. Search this section of the website to learn more about the MDGs and about specific partnerships undertaken by business and the UN to advance work toward these goals.
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UNIDO is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition. We believe that competitive, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable industry has a crucial role to play in driving economic growth, wealth creation and the... More
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that... More
OHCHR leads global efforts to promote and protect all human rights for all people.
Human rights are key to developing sustainable societies because only when people are protected by state law and free to exercise their rights can destructive cycles of poverty, discrimination and indignity come to... More
The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.
In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities... More
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. With a membership of 62 Governments, 58 of which are in the region, and a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west... More
The UNISDR aims at building disaster resilient communities by promoting increased awareness of the importance of disaster reduction as an integral component of sustainable development, with the goal of reducing human, social, economic and environmental losses due to natural hazards and related... More
WSSCC’s mission is to accelerate the achievement of sustainable sanitation, hygiene and water services for all people. WSSCC developed and continues to promote the global WASH campaign (water, sanitation and hygiene).
There are 2.6 billion people without safe sanitation and the 884 million people... More
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations and the leading international organization in the field of tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how. UNWTO plays a central and decisive role in... More
Created in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) addresses environmental issues at the global and regional level. UNEP provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of... More