The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are time-bound and quantified target for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions - income, poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion - while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. In September 2000, Nigeria was one of 189 nations that signed the Millennium Declaration and committed to achieving the MDGs by 2015.
The Goals represent human needs and basic rights that every individual around the world should be able to enjoy - freedom from extreme poverty and hunger; quality primary education; equal opportunities for men and women; productive and decent employment.
In 2000, 189 nations made a promise to free people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations. This pledge turned into the eight Millennium Development Goals.
1 Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2 Achieve universal primary education
3 Promote gender equality & empower women
4 Reduce child mortality
5 Improve maternal health
6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria & other diseases
7 Ensure environmental sustainability
8 Develop a global partnership for development
Following a consensus towards accelerating attainment of the MDGs by 2015, the application of the MAF methodology was adopted and restricted to three goals which the OSSAP-MDGs considers a priority due to the slow progress recorded on them so far.