Information for G00137
MDG Conference 2003 Invitation to a Press Briefing:
Document begins: MDG Conference 2003 Invitation to a Press Briefing: Monday 17 November, 2.00pm, Town and Country Planning Association, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AS Hitting the targets or missing the point? Will the Millennium Development Goals break the vicious global cycle of protectionism, subsidies to rich-world farmers, declining aid and disempowerment? The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London is bringing together 100 leading activists and development professionals from more than 33 countries to the launch of a challenging new report. `Hitting the Target' probes whether the global community's approach to reducing poverty through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is likely to succeed and what needs to change to ensure it does. The Millennium Development Goals have committed governments and international agencies, by 2015 to: · Achieving universal primary education · Reducing infant and child mortality by two-thirds and maternal mortality by three-quarters · Halving the 2.5 billion people with unsafe drinking water and sanitation and the 1.5 billion with inadequate incomes and food intakes · Significantly improving the lives of at least 100 million `slum' dwellers (by 2020) · Halting and beginning to reverse the spread of Aids, malaria and other major diseases They also demand ...