Millennium Development Goals

At the start of this millennium, world leaders unanimously committed themselves to fight poverty and hunger, gender inequality, environmental degradation, and HIV/AIDS, while improving access to education, health care and clean water, all by 2015. The wide-ranging commitments encompassed in the Millennium Declaration’s accompanying eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came with 8 goals, 60 indicators and 21 targets to monitor progress. The MDGs spurred concerted action across the globe, leading to impressive results in many areas, such as lifting more than a billion people out of extreme poverty.

Working to reach the MDGs: Some highlights of ILO activities and impact

Want to find out more about how the ILO works with the MDGs? Take a look at this slideshow which illustrates - through words and photos - how the ILO's work has benefited women, men and their families all over the world.

Development through jobs

  1. Decent work and the MDGs

    Full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people, is one of the most effective routes out of poverty.

2030 Development Agenda

  1. 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

    Beyond the MDGs: It’s all about jobs and livelihoods

    The ILO has called for jobs and livelihoods to be at the heart of the development agenda after the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) passes in 2015.