Relationship Between Sustainable Development And The Millennium Development Goals

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Sustainable development, being defined as “ development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ (Brundtland,1987:43) is being increasingly recognised by the global society. One of this can be seen from the fact that sustainable development was included in the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) of the United Nations as one of the explicit goals (MDG7) among the eight goals. This can show that the national government across different countries work together to set up the strategies for national sustainable development, and how important sustainable development is in the global arena. In this essay, I will examine the relationships between sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals and how they coincide with each other as well as the potential conflicts between the two theme.

To begin with, understanding what is Millennium Development Goals can be helpful in examining the relationship between it and the sustainable development. It is the UN Millennium Declaration held in 2000 that led to the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals. “The Millennium Development Goals are the world’s time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions”(Jeffery D. Sachs, 2005:1). It addresses the target in terms of income poverty, hunger, diseases, promoting gender equality, education and environmental sustainability.(Jeffery D. Sachs,2005) By setting…

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