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The adoption of the Millennium Declaration in 2000 by all 189 member states of the UN General Assembly was a defining moment for global cooperation in the 21st century.  The Declaration sets out within a single framework the key challenges facing humanity at the threshold of the new millennium, outlines a response to these challenges, and establishes concrete measures for judging performance through a set of inter-related commitments, goals and targets on development, governance, peace, security and human rights.
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"We will assist Africans in their struggle for lasting peace, poverty eradication and sustainable development".
United Nations Millennium Declaration, 2000

     In 2001, Mr. Nelson Mandela asked, "Will the legacy of our generation be more than a series of broken promises?" This report attempts to answer that question by reviewing the progress made in Africa in achieving the set of development goals agreed at the United Nations Millennium Summit of September 2000.
     The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) embody the aspiration for human betterment, expressed in a limited set of numerical and time-bound targets. They include halving income poverty and hunger; achieving universal primary education and gender equality; reducing under-5 mortality by two-thirds and maternal mortality by three-quarters; reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS; and halving the proportion of people without access to safe water. These targets are to be achieved by 2015, from their level in 1990.
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