Big Aims, Big Successes: The Millennium Development Goals

In 2000, the United Nations set eight huge goals to push the world to step up and take on some of the biggest development problems we face globally. At first glance, it may seem absurd to set a goal like “eradicate poverty”, but the successes we’ve seen in the last 20 years show that setting big goals can result in even bigger successes.

If we want to live in a world without poverty, a world where women and girls can succeed, a world where no one lives in fear of dying of preventable diseases, we have to be willing to imagine that world and speak those goals aloud. Because if we don’t, how can we ever expect to get there?

Now, the UN has created a new set of goals to build on the successes of the MDGs. These Sustainable Development Goals are even more ambitious, but if the success of the MDGs is any indication of what the SDGs can accomplish, we’re on our way to a much better world.