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7 1 Meeting the MDGs - Is Conservation Relevant?
Document begins: 7 1 Meeting the MDGs Is Conservation Relevant? Dilys Roe, IIED and Joanna Elliott, UK Department for International Development Achieving the goal of liberating half the world's poor from their poverty by 2015 will either mark the true beginning of sustainability or the end of biodiversity at the hands of best-intentioned policies.1 1. INTRODUCTION: COUNTDOWN TO 2015 The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set 18 targets, to be achieved by 2015. Four years after the Millennium Declaration from which the MDGs are derived the United Nations has reported significant progress in many regions of the world and against many of the targets. The UN Secretary General's report of August 27th 2004 notes the following achievements:2 200 million fewer people in Asia living on less than $1/day than in 1990; 1. Sanderson, S. and K. Redford (2003). `Contested relationships between biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction'. Oryx, 37, pp 389-390 2. Implementing the Millennium Declaration United Nations Press Release, 7 September 2004. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/mdg pr 09 2004.pdf 8 Significant progress in reducing poverty levels in North Africa; Primary schools nearing the target of universal enrolment Chapter 1 by 2015 in most of Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, North ...