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1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
w Halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015.
w Halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015.

2. Achieve universal primary education
w Ensure that by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

3. Promote gender equality and empower women
w Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015.

4. Reduce child mortality.
w Reduce by two-thirds the under-5 mortality rate by 2015.

5. Improve maternal health
w Reduce by three-quarters the maternal mortality ratio by 2015

6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
w By 2015 halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
w By 2015 halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.

7. Ensure environmental sustainability
w Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs and reverse the loss of environmental resources.
w Halve by 2015 the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
w By 2015 achieve a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.

8. Create a global partnership for development with targets for aid, trade and debt relief
w Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable non discriminatory trading and financial system
w Address the special needs both of the least developed countries and of landlocked and small island developing countries.
w Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries through national and international measures in order to make debt sustainable
w In cooperation with developing countries, develop and implement strategies for decent and productive work for youth
w In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries}
w In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications.

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