Highlights from review of the MDG’s

  • The number of people now living in extreme poverty has declined by more than half, falling from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 836 million in 2015.
  • The number of people in the working middle class—living on more than $4 a day—nearly tripled between 1991 and 2015.
  • The proportion of undernourished people in the developing regions dropped by almost half since 1990.
  • The number of out-of-school children of primary school age worldwide fell by almost half, to an estimated 57 million in 2015, down from 100 million in 2000.
  • Gender parity in primary school has been achieved in the majority of countries.
  • The mortality rate of children under-five was cut by more than half since 1990.
  • Since 1990, maternal mortality fell by 45 percent worldwide.
  • Over 6.2 million malaria deaths have been averted between 2000 and 2015.
  • New HIV infections fell by approximately 40 percent between 2000 and 2013.
  • By June 2014, 13.6 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) globally, an immense increase from just 800,000 in 2003.
  • Between 2000 and 2013, tuberculosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment interventions saved an estimated 37 million lives.
  • Worldwide 2.1 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation.
  • Globally, 147 countries have met the MDG drinking water target, 95 countries have met the MDG sanitation target and 77 countries have met both.
  • Official development assistance from developed countries increased 66 percent in real terms from 2000 and 2014, reaching $135.2 billion.

To read more about the MDGs, please visit un.org/millenniumgoals