In 2000, leaders from the 189 countries in the UN promised to deliver eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015. These goals – to end extreme poverty and hunger, reverse the spread of HIV/Aids and malaria, and to give all children an education – are ambitious. But they are simple and achievable.

Since then, most of the world’s powers have more or less forgotten what they had promised and it is very probable that these goals will not be met. The 45 photos on the Guardian’s website and their associated stories will not change the world, but they may help you better understand what its problems are.

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Image by Chris de Bode.


  1. Scott Hughes

    At the current rate, there is no way they will achieve the MDGs. I don’t think we can trust the UN.

    You might like the Hunger, Poverty, and Homelessness Discussion Forums.


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