Make poverty history-Trade Union manual on the Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been the main development framework for the international community since the year 2000. These goals have provided a framework for focused intergovernmental action to fight extreme poverty.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been the main development framework for the international community since the year 2000. These goals have provided a framework for focused intergovernmental action to fight extreme poverty.

An evaluation of the progress being made to meet these goals shows that, while a number of targets will be met by 2015, progress is uneven and several countries are lagging far behind the targets set. This situation risks being further undermined by the current economic and social crisis which has dealt a heavy blow to the MDGs. The crisis has not only led to increased levels of unemployment and poverty, but has shifted the focus of many governments from inclusive growth, to the politics of austerity.

Hence, with only a few more years left to reach the target date, ACTRAV is publishing this manual to assist trade unions intensify their efforts and campaigns to ensure that all countries meet the MDGs. Furthermore, with debates already taking place on the next global development framework, this manual provides useful information to assist unions engage in the policy debates on the next global development compact.