Development is one the three pillars of the United Nations. A number of UN agencies and programmes cooperate with governments and stakeholders to help countries around the world to meet their economic, social and environmental goals.
Some of the key milestones of the UN in the area of development from its establishment through to present comprise followings:
- The Millennium Declaration. At the Millennium Summit in 2000, heads of States made significant commitments to a comprehensive agenda on development, human rights, rule of law and gender equality. The Millennium Declaration recognised the link between human rights, good governance and development
- The post-2015 Development Agenda and SDGs. In its preparations for the post-2015 agenda, the UN has underscored its commitment to human rights as both the means and the end of development; central to implementing the new agenda and ensuring a ‘people centred’ development that leaves no one behind and no one out.
In the following sections, you will familiarize yourself with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that cover the period from 2000 through to 2015 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the target year of 2030.