New brochure of the project out now

Local authorities active for the Millennium Development Goals
Context and examples of development policy commitment in Bonn, Oxford, Potsdam, Nagykanizsa and Villach

In September 2000, world leaders and representatives came together to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration outlining the challenges in the new century. This declaration formed the basis for a series of targets to achieve by 2015, which are better known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Their achievement is the most important international target relating to poverty reduction.

While the national governments are primarily responsible for implementation of the MDGs, all political levels must work together. Today, more than half of all people live in an urban area. As soon as 2015, six out of every ten individuals will live in a city. Global challenges such as poverty, resource scarcity and climate change must therefore be solved according to local contexts. Cities and municipalities form the link between the national and European levels as well as the local population in achievement of the MDGs.

Many cities and municipalities have been actively involved in different development
issues for many years now: they have established partnerships with communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, support local projects, participate in development networks or have added the MDGs to their political agenda. However, despite their willingness to implement development policy measures, there are also municipalities that lack the financial means and personnel resources to do so. These knowledge gaps can be filled by encouraging networking, cooperation and an exchange of experiences and best practices between local authorities.

This brochure provides an overview of the activities of local authorities, city networks and institutions within the scope of the “Networking in Europe: Local Governments meet the MDGs” project financed by the European Union. During our cooperation, we discussed countless issues and developed further action and tools that can also be implemented in other municipalities. Besides considering the MDGs, which should be achieved by 2015, our aim is to share insight and contribute to the Post-2015 Development Agenda, highlighting the crucial role of the local level in this process. 

The brochure is available in English, German and Hungarian.

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2012

The report presents the yearly assessment of global progress towards the MDGs, highlighting several milestones – three important MDG targets have been met well ahead of the target date of 2015. The report says that meeting the remaining targets, while challenging, remain possible – but only if Governments do not waiver from their commitments made over a decade ago.

Based on a master set of data compiled by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDG indicators led by DESA’s Statistics Division, the 2012 report outlines gains in poverty reduction and access to safe drinking water, and an improvement in the lives of slums dwellers in urban areas. The report also highlights important gains towards gender parity in primary education, a decline in levels of child mortality, a downward trend of tuberculosis and global malaria deaths and an expansion of treatment for HIV sufferers.

For the first time since records on poverty began, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen in every developing region, including sub-Saharan Africa. Preliminary estimates indicate that the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 per day fell in 2010 to less than half the 1990 rate and during the same period over two billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources. The share of slum dwellers in urban areas declined from 39 per cent in 2000 to 33 per cent in 2012, improving the lives of at least 100 million people.

A lot has been achieved and significant strides have been made, however some impediments to reaching all the MDGs by 2015 remain. The 2012 report spells out that recent natural disasters and the global financial crisis has slowed progress and that inequality remains. A particular area of concern includes the slow decrease in levels of vulnerable employment, defined as the share of unpaid family workers and own-account workers in total employment.

Lastly, and perhaps most concerning is the fact that hunger remains a global challenge. The most recent FAO estimate of undernourishment set the mark at 850 million living in hunger in the world in the 2006/08 period, 15.5 per cent of the world population. Additionally, progress has also been slow in reducing child under-nutrition, with close to a third of children in Southern Asia deemed underweight in 2010. 


Source and Download of the report in Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish:

DESA - Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Time is running out: Materials to promote the Millennium Development Goals



In the frame of the project, Climate Alliance has produced materials for local awareness raising activities.


The visibility materials - a postcard and a writing pad - demonstrate how the achievement of the goals is being implemented and visualise the time dimension.


Local governments can use the materials for their local activities, to sensitize the general public about the MDGs issues in a more attractive way. 


For more information contact:

Silke Lunnebach

Climate Alliance

Phone: +49 69 71 71 39-32


Millennium Consumption Goals Seek to Protect the Poor and the Planet

Margit Völtz /

by Mohan Munasinghe

Unsustainable patterns of consumption and production have led to multiple problems threatening our future—like poverty, resource scarcities, hunger, disease, and environmental harm. Focusing on correcting key drivers such as consumption and production leads to integrated solutions that can solve many problems simultaneously, where piecemeal solutions have failed before.1 The consumption-driven global economy already uses natural resources equivalent to almost 1.5 earths, with the world’s richest 1.4 billion consuming almost 85 percent of global output—over 60-fold the consumption of the poorest 1.4 billion.2 The consumption by the rich is not only ecologically unsustainable, but also crowds out the prospects of the poor and exacerbates inequalities that increase the risk of conflict and global unrest.

To address this challenge, Millennium Consumption Goals (MCGs) have been proposed as one key building block of a comprehensive framework for sustainable development that might emerge from the Rio+20 Earth Summit.3-6 The MCGs have three major objectives:

  • Environmental: to reduce humanity’s global ecological footprint to less than one planet earth.
  • Social: to meet the basic consumption needs of the poor and make the distribution of consumption more equitable, within this global-resource-use envelope.
  • Economic: to promote prosperity within a sustainable economy that is economically efficient, but respects critical environmental and social sustainability constraints. 

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International Annual Conference of Climate Alliance

Project workshop

Local – global: Municipalities and the Millennium Development Goals 

This was the second opportunity in the project to meet during the International Annual Conference of Climate Alliance and organise a workshop for networking and exchange of experiences.

As the conference had the thematic focus on strategies to deal with resource scarcity and climate change we would like to discuss these issues regarding the role of municipalities and the relation to the Millennium Development Goals.

We were very happy that Alberto Acosta from Ecuador who has been invited as key speaker for the conference also participated in our workshop.

We also very much appreciated the participation of Veronika Kiss from the CEEWeb, Diego Escobar and Roberto Espinoza, COICA and Silvia Hesse, Head of the Agenda21 office of the City of Hannover. Thank you all for your interesting input and participation

Documentation of the conference / presentations of Veronika Kiss, CEEWeb and Silvia Hesse, city of Hannover

Let's end poverty

The UN campaign and the MDGs