Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Achieving Millennium Development Goals shows that development cooperation works

Three Millennium Development Goals have been achieved well before the deadline of 2015. The number of people living in poverty has been halved, as has the number of people without access to clean drinking water. And fewer people live in slums. This emerged from a report presented by the United Nations on Monday.

 Three Millennium Development Goals have been achieved well before the deadline of 2015. The number of people living in poverty has been halved, as has the number of people without access to clean drinking water. And fewer people live in slums. This emerged from a report presented by the United Nations on Monday.

International cooperation minister Ben Knapen said, ‘In recent years we have invested a great deal in these goals, from motives of solidarity but also of self-interest. These results show that development cooperation works.’

The Millennium Development Goals were agreed in the year 2000. There are a total of 21 targets in eight areas. They include achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality and combating HIV/AIDS.