1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

  • Participants, volunteers and coaches acquire transferable life skills which increase their employability
  • Vulnerable individuals are connected to community services and supports through sport-based outreach programs
  • Sport programs and sport equipment production provide jobs and skills development
  • Sport can help prevent diseases that impede people from working and impose health care costs on individuals and communities
  • Sport can help reduce stigma and increase self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills, leading to increased employability

2. Achieve universal primary education

  • School sport programs motivate children to enroll in and attend school and can help improve academic achievement
  • Sport-based community education programs provide alternative education opportunities for children who cannot attend school
  • Sport can help erode stigma preventing children with disabilities from attending school

3. Promote gender equality and empower women

  • Sport helps improve female physical and mental health and offers opportunities for social interaction and friendship
  • Sport participation leads to increased self-esteem, self-confidence, and enhanced sense of control over one’s body
  • Girls and women access leadership opportunities and experience
  • Sport can cause positive shifts in gender norms that afford girls and women greater safety and control over their lives
  • Women and girls with disabilities are empowered by sport-based opportunities to acquire health information, skills, social networks, and leadership experience

4. Reduce child mortality

  • Sport can be used to educate and deliver health information to young mothers, resulting in healthier children
  • ncreased physical fitness improves children’s resistance to some diseases
  • Sport can help reduce the rate of higher-risk adolescent pregnancies
  • Sport-based vaccination and prevention campaigns help reduce child deaths and disability from measles, malaria and polio
  • Inclusive sport programs help lower the likelihood of infanticide by promoting greater acceptance of children with disabilities

5. Improve maternal health

  • Sport for health programs offer girls and women greater access to reproductive health information and services
  • Increased fitness levels help speed post-natal recovery

6. Combat HIV and AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

  • Sport programs can be used to reduce stigma and increase social and economic integration of people living with HIV and AIDS
  • Sport programs are associated with lower rates of health risk behaviour that contributes to HIV infection
  • Programs providing HIV prevention education and empowerment can further reduce HIV infection rates
  • Sport can be used to increase measles, polio and other vaccination rates
  • Involvement of celebrity athletes and use of mass sport events can increase reach and impact of malaria, tuberculosis and other education and prevention campaigns

7. Ensure environmental sustainability

  • Sport-based public education campaigns can raise awareness of importance of environmental protection and sustainability
  • Sport-based social mobilization initiatives can enhance participation in community action to improve local environment

8. Develop a global partnership for development

  • Sport for Development and Peace efforts catalyze global partnerships and increase networking among governments, donors, NGOs and sport organizations worldwide
Millennium Development Goals

"Eradicating extreme poverty continues to be one of the main challenges of our time, and is a major concern of the international community. Ending this scourge will require the combined efforts of all, governments, civil society organizations and the private sector, in the context of a stronger and more effective global partnership for development. The Millennium Development Goals set timebound targets, by which progress in reducing income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter and exclusion — while promoting gender equality, health, education and environmental sustainability — can be measured. They also embody basic human rights — the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter and security. The Goals are ambitious but feasible and, together with the comprehensive United Nations development agenda, set the course for the world’s efforts to alleviate extreme poverty by 2015. "

United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon

In September 2000, building upon a decade of major United Nations conferences and summits, world leaders came together at United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets - with a deadline of 2015 - that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals.

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.

UN Partners on MDGs

The following United Nations agencies and organizations are committed to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals;



  United Nations Development Programme   United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Millennium Campaign


  Millennium Campaign   United Nations Refugee Agency



  United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs   United Nations Industrial Development Organization

World Bank


  The World Bank   United Nations Development Fund for Women



  United Nations Children's Fund   Officie of the High Commissioner for Human Rights



  United Nations Environment Programme   United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palentine Refugees in the Near East



  United Nations Population Fund   World Food Programme



  World Health Organization   World Meteorological Organization



  International Monetary Fund   World Trade Organization



  UN Human Settlements Programme   World Tourism Organization



  Food & Agriculture Organization   United Nations Office on Sport and Development and Peace



  International Fund for Agricultural Development   Economic Commission for Africa



  International Labour Organization   Economic Commission for Europe



  International Telecommunications Union   Economic Commission for Latin America & the Carribean



  Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS   Economic and Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific



  UN Conference on Trade and Development   Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia


  United Nations Development Group