25 April 2012
In 2000, 189 nations made a promise to free people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations. This pledge became the eight Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015. In September 2010, the world recommitted itself to accelerate progress towards these goals.
The MDGs have been broken down further to seventeen targets. Progress towards these targets has been uneven. One piece of positive news to emerge earlier this year is that the world has met the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, well in advance of the 2015 deadline.
According to UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Between 1990 and 2010, over two billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources, such as piped supplies and protected wells. Nevertheless a safe water supply remains a challenge in many parts of the world.
A summary of progress towards each of the targets can be found here (click on each MDG listed on the right of the page to view progress towards each of the targets)