In a year 2000 many leaders from around the globe got together and set few urgent goals to improve humankind.

Millennium Development Goals

  • 1Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
  • 2Achieve universal primary education.
  • 3Promote gender equality and empower women.
  • 4Reduce child mortality.
  • 5Improve maternal health.
  • 6Combat HIV / AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
  • 7Ensure environmental sustainability.

It's been 15 years since, so lets have a look at the global report.

Extreme poverty: In 1990, nearly half of the population in the developing regions lived on less than $1.25 a day. Thisrate dropped to 14 per cent in 2015. Globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty has declined by more thanhalf, falling from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 836 million in 2015, with most progress occurring since 2000.

Hunger: The proportion of undernourished people in the developing regions has fallen by almost half since 1990, from23.3 per cent in 1990–1992 to 12.9 per cent in 2014–2016.MDG 2: Achieve universal primary education

Primary school enrolment: In the developing regions, the primary school net enrolment rate has reached 91 per cent in2015, up from 83 per cent in 2000.X

Gender equality in education: Many more girls are now in school compared with 15 years ago. In Southern Asia, only74 girls were enrolled in primary school for every 100 boys in 1990, but today, there are 103 girls for every 100 boys.

Women’s employment: In 2015, women make up 41 per cent of paid employments outside the agriculture sector, anincrease from 35 per cent in 1990.

Child mortality rate: Globally, the under-five mortality rate dropped from 90 to 43 deaths per 1,000 live births between1990 and 2015. Despite population growth in the developing regions, the number of deaths of children under five declinedfrom 12.7 million in 1990 to almost 6 million in 2015 globally.

Infectious diseases: Measles vaccination helped prevent nearly 15.6 million deaths between 2000 and 2013. The numberof globally reported measles cases declined by 67 per cent. About 84 per cent of children worldwide received at least onedose of measles-containing vaccine in 2013, up from 73 per cent in 2000.

HIV: New infections fell approximately by 40 per cent between 2000 and 2013, from an estimated3.5 million cases to 2.1 million.

Tuberculosis: Between 2000 and 2013, tuberculosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment interventions saved an estimated37 million lives. The tuberculosis mortality rate fell by 45 per cent and the prevalence rate fell by 41 per cent between1990 and 2013.MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Drinking water: In 2015, more than 90 per cent of the global population is using an improved drinking water source,compared to around three-quarters in 1990.