The United Nations Millennium Development Goals include 8 major goals.
MDG 7: ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Environmental sustainability is the foundation of the natural resources base and ecosystems, which must be managed in ways that sustain human populations, meeting their food requirements and other environmental, social and economic needs. However, hunger and poverty often compel the poor to over-exploit the resources on which their own livelihoods depend. Climate change, increased water scarcity and conflicts over access to resources all pose challenges to environmental sustainability and food security.
The Goal: Ensure Environmental Sustainability
What Do We Want To Achieve?
- Incorporate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and reverse the loss of environmental resources
- Decrease biodiversity loss
- Reduce the number of people without access to safe drinking water and sanitation by half
- Improve the lives of at least 100 million people who live in slums by 2020
What Have We Already Achieved?
- In 2010, 89% of the world’s population, about 6.1 billion people, had access to safe drinking water. In 2015, that number will increase to include 92% of the world’s population
- We have improved the lives of more than 200 million people living in slums
- 1,800 people have gained access to basic sanitation
What Challenges Remain?
- 2.6 billion people remain without access to healthcare
- 17,000 species of plants and animals are endangered
- The atmospheric levels of substances that destroy the ozone layer could increase 10-fold by 2015
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Source: End Poverty 2015 Millennium Campaign