Since the adoption of the Millennium Declaration by all member states of the United Nations in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)—which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015—form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions.
The MDGs provide a framework for the entire UN system to work coherently together towards a common end. The UN Development Group (UNDG) ensures that the MDGs remain at the centre of those efforts. On the ground in virtually every developing country, the United Nations is uniquely positioned to advocate for change, connect countries to knowledge and resources, and help coordinate broader efforts at the country level. UN staff and UN Country Teams are working closely with a steadily expanding circle of partners who are supporting developing nations with practical advice and assistance in designing and implementing policies and programmes, building capacity and testing innovations, as these countries map out their own paths to reach the Goals.