Millennium Development Goals

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Official images of the Millennium Development Goals.


The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are internationally-agreed upon targets that aim to decrease poverty and advance living standards by 2015. Given how wide-ranging and interdependent the MDGs are, engineers play an essential role in achieving these Goals. The eight Goals are as follows:

As mentioned in Engineering: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Development (pdf), “community infrastructure is key to alleviating poverty and thus engineers have a vital role to play in all the MDGs” (p. 250). Providing strong and sustainable infrastructure helps increase the welfare of local communities, nations and regions. As a result, the socio-economic development of societies is connected to the engineers who design, create and manage the technologies and the physical infrastructures of societies.

The following table is taken from Engineering: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Development (p. 253) and it highlights the connections between physical infrastructures and each MDG.

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