In September 2000, the United Nations Millennium Declaration was passed by the world leaders committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out Millennium Development Goals. The leaders made commitments to reduce poverty, hunger and disease by 2015, The
MDGs are as follows;
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Achieve universal primary education
- Promote gender equality and empower women
- Reduce child mortality
- Improve maternal health
- Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
- Ensure environmental sustainability
- Develop a global partnership for development
African Development Bank Group 2012 Report findings confirm that steady economic growth and improvements in poverty reduction on the continent continue to have a positive impact on MDG progress. Africa has sustained progress toward several MDGs and is on track to achieve the targets of: universal primary education; gender parity at all levels of education; lower HIV/AIDS prevalence among 15-24 year olds; increased proportion of the population with access to antiretroviral drugs; and increased proportion of seats held by women in national parliament by 2015.
African continent’s development priorities after the MDG’s 2015 deadline as endorsed by African heads of state on 16 July 2012 are as follows;
- Promote educational and technological innovation.
- Promote transformation and sustainable growth
- Promote human development