We have made huge strides in reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Since 1990, there has been an over 50 percent decline in preventable child deaths globally. Maternal mortality also fell by 45 percent worldwide. New HIV/AIDS infections fell by 30 percent between 2000 and 2013, and over 6.2 million lives were saved from malaria.
Despite this incredible progress, more than 6 million children still die before their fifth birthday every year. 16,000 children die each day from preventable diseases such as measles and tuberculosis. Every day hundreds of women die during pregnancy or from child-birth related complications. In many rural areas, only 56 percent of births are attended by skilled professionals. AIDS is now the leading cause of death among teenagers in sub-Saharan Africa, a region still severely devastated by the HIV epidemic.
These deaths can be avoided through prevention and treatment, education, immunization campaigns, and sexual and reproductive healthcare. The Sustainable Development Goals make a bold commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030. The aim is to achieve universal health coverage, and provide access to safe and affordable medicines and vaccines for all. Supporting research and development for vaccines is an essential part of this process as well.
Goals in action
900 ISLANDS 6 provinces, 1 project: Enhancing clean & climate-resilient water systems in the Solomon Islands
"The people in Tuwo" - a beautiful island community on Fenualoa Island, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands – "didn't know much about what climate change is, they thought a supernatural force was eating their coastline." MORE >
An effort by the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme to protect medicinal plants and natural forests in My Phuong commune, Bac Kan province. MORE >
Reza Rahadian and Eva Celia as UNDP SDGs Movers visited Napu village in East Sumba to present the result of Bring Water for Life, UNDP Indonesia’s first crowdfunding campaign. The fund collected from the campaign is used to build a solar water pump in Napu by KOPPESDA, an NGO partner based in East Sumba, with supervision from UNDP Indonesia. MORE >
What does it mean to have a goal? This film shows how the people of Lao PDR pursue their goals, committed with hearts and minds, step by step. Find out what moves them, what pushes them forward, and how they work towards a more sustainable future, together. MORE >
At first glance, Dzedokha village in south-west Bhutan might not seem all that favorable for a lucrative industry. With 2,672 residents, this mountainous village is off the beaten track and is only accessible via a farm road, that too, mostly impassable during monsoon. MORE >
When was the last time you connected with the natural world? Perhaps you live in the city and it may have been a while since you last walked through a forest or swam in a lake. It is all too easy in an increasingly urban world to live without actually touching or feeling the natural world. And if we don’t, and we become increasingly detached from nature, there is a danger we start to care less. A slow disconnect is almost imperceptible, and all the more dangerous for that.MORE >
The youth unemployment rate in Samoa stands high today at 16.4%. Helping youth overcome the barriers they face to secure a job, earn a decent income and make sure that they fulfil their potential is a priority for the people and Government of Samoa. MORE >