Good news from the UN foundation: The annual report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -eight goals established in 2000 by world leaders at the United Nations- shows that the world is making significant progress in reducing poverty, improving health, and saving lives.
Some of the important findings:
- The number of children who die before the age of 5 has been reduced by nearly half. In 1990, an estimated 12.6 million children died before the age of 5. By 2012, that number had been cut to an estimated 6.6 million children.
- Global actions to prevent and treat malaria averted an estimated 3.3 million deaths, mostly of children under 5, from 2000 to 2012.
- The proportion of people living in extreme poverty was cut in half between 1990 and 2010.
- All developing regions in the world have achieved, or are close to achieving, gender parity in