Millennium Development Goals

“My friends, what good is it for one of you to say that you have faith if your actions do not prove it? Can that faith save you? Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don’t have enough to eat. What good is there in your saying to them, ‘God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!—if you don’t have the necessities of life? So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead.” — James 2:14-17 (Good News Translation).

What are the Millennium Development Goals?

Adopted by world leaders in the year 2000 and set to be achieved by 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions.

The MDGs also provide a framework for the entire international community to work together towards a common end… If these goals are achieved, world poverty will be cut by half, tens of millions of lives will be saved, and billions more people will have the opportunity to benefit from the global economy. (

The Eight Millennium Development Goals

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. Achieve universal primary education
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women
  4. Reduce child mortality
  5. Improve maternal health
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other preventable diseases
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability
  8. Develop global partnerships for development

We “have a collective responsibility to uphold principles of human dignity, equality and equity…to all the world’s people, especially the most vulnerable and, in particular, the children of the world….” (United Nations Millennium Declaration, September 8, 2000, paragraph I {2})

The MDGs can already been seen at work in The United Methodist Church through the Nothing But Nets and Imagine No Malaria campaigns and other projects and programs throughout the world that address child mortality, maternal health, and combat preventable diseases of poverty. Learn more about how the MDGs are involved in Ministry with the Poor.