The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of internationally agreed, time-bound and measurable goals and targets for combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women. The MDGs were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly during the Millennium Summit in 2000, as a roadmap to implementing the vision of the eight chapters of the Millennium Declaration
, signed in September 2000. Each of the eight goals has specific targets and indicators to measure progress
. The overall target date for combating extreme poverty, achieving human develoment and building a global partnership is 2015.
Environmental concerns were not a prominent part of the MDGs. The one general goal on environmental sustainability (MDG7) has few quantifiable targets and doesn't address the complex interconnections between environment and socio-economic sustainable development. In result, the international action in this area has been weak
and we are still far from achieving the targets and the overall goal of environmentally sustainable human development.
To ensure that natural environment is better valued and integrated into any future set of goals, WWF has been actively engaged in the processes leading to the adoption of a new development agenda beyond 2015.