This report gives an overview of the progress made in relation to the Millennium Development Goals and will serve as a starting point for a more analytical reflection in relation to what must be achieved by 2030.
The 15-year time frame originally set for meeting the Millennium Development Goals has come to an end. It is time to take stock of the progress made on the Goals deriving from the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000. The eight Goals set out to encapsulate the commitments undertaken at the major development conferences and summits held during what came to be known as the “decade of policy-setting”, the 1990s.
From that point on, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean began tackling these Goals, each at its own pace. The United Nations agencies, including the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), provided support to countries in the implementation and monitoring of the Goals. The Millennium Development Goals were a global, regional and national success from a communications standpoint, raising the profile of numerous quantitative gaps. The deadline for meeting the Goals was set for 2015 and 1990 was established as the baseline for measuring progress.
This document affords a concise descriptive overview of the progress achieved by Latin America and the Caribbean in respect of the Millennium Development Goals. These Goals, which were established following the Millennium Declaration adopted in 2000 by the States Members of United Nations, encapsulated the issues that arose from the summits held during the “policy-setting decade” of the 1990s, and provided a framework for addressing them.
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has carried out many different assessments relating to the Millennium Development Goals in the past 15 years, involving almost 20 bodies of the United Nations system operating in the region.