The UN Millennium Development Goals are a set of development targets for the international community to reach.
Irish Aid uses these goals as a basis for planning its overseas development activities.
These activities relate to; education, health, agriculture and food security, water and sanitation, infrastructure and roads, trade, and good governance. Each represents a way of addressing a core cause of poverty, and many are linked.
- 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.
If we introduce legislation to guarantee a minimum level of spending on overseas development, it would enable Irish Aid to plan its programmes for a number of years without worrying about cuts to its budget. Trócaire, for example, has called for such legislation a number of times.