MDG 7 | Ensure Environmental Sustainability

Target 1:
Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources

  • The rate of deforestation shows signs of decreasing, but is still alarmingly high
  • A decisive response to climate change is urgently needed
  • The unparalleled success of the Montreal Protocol shows that action on climate change is within our grasp

Target 2:
Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss

  • The world has missed the 2010 target for biodiversity conservation, with potentially grave consequences
  • Key habitats for threatened species are not being adequately protected
  • The number of species facing extinction is growing by the day, especially in developing countries
  • Overexploitation of global fisheries has stabilized, but steep challenges remain to ensure their sustainability

Target 3:
Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation

  • The world is on track to meet the drinking water target, though much remains to be done in some regions
  • Accelerated and targeted efforts are needed to bring drinking water to all rural households
  • Safe water supply remains a challenge in many parts of the world
  • With half the population of developing regions without sanitation, the 2015 target appears to be out of reach
  • Disparities in urban and rural sanitation coverage remain daunting
  • Improvements in sanitation are bypassing the poor

Target 4:
By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers

  • Slum improvements, though considerable, are failing to keep pace with the growing ranks of the urban poor
  • Slum prevalence remains high in sub-Saharan Africa and increases in countries affected by conflict
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