The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world's main development challenges. They promote poverty reduction, education, maternal health, gender equality, and aim to combat child mortality, AIDS and other diseases.
The goals are drawn from commitments and targets agreed in the Millennium Declaration, which was adopted by 189 nations in September 2000.
UNRWA and the Millennium Development Goals
UNRWA’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals guides all the Agency’s services. For example:
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
The Agency provides food and cash assistance to the most vulnerable refugees, and ensures that families have adequate shelter.
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Promote gender equality and empower women
UNRWA has dedicated loans to support women small-business owners and home-workers.
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Achieve universal primary education
All children registered with the Agency are eligible for nine to ten years of free primary education.
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Reduce child mortality and improve maternal health
UNRWA’s life-cycle approach to health gives particular focus to maternal and child health.
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Visit the Millennium Development Goals website