The eight Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, as they are better known, were established in the year 2000 by the United Nations and are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history.

The Goals, that all the UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve by 2015, address poverty and hunger, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, combating AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability as well as developing a global partnership for development.

The MDGs were launched whilst Sierra Leone was still in conflict, and as a result, comparatively less time has been spent on implementing these objectives. The Government, however, has been working tirelessly with international organisations and civil society groups to speed up the processes, many of which form the Government’s Agenda for Change.

Now, during the last 1,000 days until the end of 2015, the United Nations is working with partners around the world to build momentum and accelerate progress.

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sierra Leone