Of the original eight goals, the UN reported that it met several of its MDG targets, including a reduction in poverty statistics, an increase of political participation by women, and the achievement of a stable debt burden percentage for developing countries. However, it also reported the need for additional work in addressing other MDG targets, such as decreasing child mortality and improving progress toward sustainability. Therefore, the UN decided to extend the deadline for needed MDG targets to the end of 2015. The announcement came alongside the launch of its post-2015 development agenda, 2015: Time for Global Action.
Initial plans for the post-2015 development agenda were presented in a December 2014 synthesis report, which set the focus on ending poverty, enhancing sustainability efforts, and promoting positive societal transformations worldwide. The synthesis report also provided a deadline goal of 2030. In early January 2015, the UN released the blueprints for the post-2015 agenda, which included a list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The goals act as an extension of the original MDGs by zeroing in on specific goal aspects and building on previous efforts.
For more information on the MDGs and the Sustainable Development Goals, visit the UN’s website at www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/mdgoverview.html.