Big news came out today: The annual report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight goals established in 2000 by world leaders at the United Nations – shows that the world is making significant progress in reducing poverty and improving lives.

This didn’t happen by chance; it happened by choice.

The MDGs have provided common goals for the global community to rally around and spurred partners into action. No doubt, there is a lot of work left to do and we need to do better in many areas, but today’s report is a sign that when we act, progress is possible.

Here are five facts from the report to give you hope in a better world.

    • FACT: In 1990, an estimated 12.6 million children died before the age of 5. By 2012, that number had been nearly cut in half to an estimated 6.6 million children.
    • FACT: Global actions to prevent and treat malaria averted an estimated 3.3 million deaths, mostly of children under 5, from 2000-2012.
    • FACT: The proportion of people living in extreme poverty was cut in half between 1990 and 2010.
    • FACT: All developing regions in the world have achieved, or are close to achieving, gender parity in primary education.
    • FACT: From 1990-2012, more than 2.3 billion people gained access to an improved source of drinking water.

Want to learn more about the MDGs? Visit the UN’s website,, and visit our website between every Monday between now and Monday, August 18 for our “MDG Mondays” blog series.