|FAQs: The Millennium Development Goals in Iraq
WHAT ARE THE MDGs?
|The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight goals to
be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world’s main development
The MDGs are drawn from the actions and targets agreed upon
in the Millennium Declaration adopted by 189 nations and signed
by 147 heads of state and governments at the UN
WHAT ARE THESE EIGHT GOALS?
|The eight MDGs are:
-Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
-Achieve universal primary education
-Promote gender equality and empower
-Reduce child mortality
-Improve maternal health,
-Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other
-Ensure environmental sustainability
-Global partnership for development.
WHAT IS THE TIME FRAME TO
ACHIEVE THE MDGs AND HOW
WILL THEY BE ACHIEVED IN
|The global deadline to achieve the
MDGs is 2015. Over the course of the
coming five years, the UN in Iraq will
work with the Government at all levels
and with civil society organizations,
academia, and the private sector to
promote the MDGs, raise awareness
of their importance, and support their
The United Nations has been working
in Iraq since 1955 and remains committed
to responding to the needs
of the people in Iraq. Supporting Iraq
in achieving the MDGs is among the
top priorities for the UN in Iraq as
the country moves forward towards
achieving development in line with
the Government of Iraq’s National Development
Plan and the UN Development
Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
As part of this endeavour, the United
Nations Country Team in Iraq will
reach out to the most vulnerable
groups: those living on or below the
poverty line, refugees, returnees, the
elderly and the physically challenged.
Special attention will also be paid to
the rights of women, youth and children.
What progress did Iraq
make towards achieving
|Iraq has made progress towards
achieving some of the MDGs including
reducing hunger, promoting gender
equality and reducing child mortality.
There is still much work to be done in
a number of crucial areas including increasing
participation in primary education,
reducing unemployment, and
ensuring access to safe and reliable
water and sanitation.
The gap in access to essential services
remains wide especially between rural
and urban areas and this must and
will be addressed.
How do the MDGs relate to
|The MDGs are crucial in achieving a
better future for Iraq and its people.
Achieving the MDGs will result in a
significant and measurable improvement
in the lives of Iraqi people. Iraq’s
first United Nations Development Assistance
Framework for 2011-2014
(UNDAF) is based on the MDGs and
the Millennium Declaration as well
as the Iraq National Development
Plan. The UNDAF provides a coherent
and coordinated strategy for the delivery
of UN assistance and supports
the Government of Iraq to meet the
various international obligations and