At the midpoint to reaching the Millennium Development Goals for 2015, the world's nations, particularly the poorest ones, have made substantial but uneven progress. In its annual report released on July 2, 2007 the United Nations focuses on the countries' successes and setbacks.
The MDGs are global targets agreed to by world leaders in 2000 on how to improve the lives of poor people. The new report from the UN found impressive gains in reducing poverty worldwide but much less progress in most of the other goals, including slowing climate change and other steps to protect the environment.
Ensuring environmental sustainability