At the Millennium Summit in 2000, 189 Member States agreed to help the world's poorest countries significantly by the year 2015. A framework for progress consisting of eight goals derived from the Millennium Declaration was adopted by these world leaders – hence, the birth of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs serve as a time-bound, achievable blueprint for reducing poverty and improving lives agreed to by all countries and all leading development institutions. They guide and focus development priorities for governments, donors and practitioner agencies worldwide. In regards to its mandate, UNFPA is particularly focusing on MDG #3 (gender equality), MDG #5 (maternal health), and MDG #6 (HIV/AIDS).


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