The Millennium Declaration set 2015 as the target date for halving the number of people living in extreme poverty. Exceptional progress in some developing countries makes achieving that goal globally a realistic possibility. However, many countries will fall far short, and up to 1 billion people are likely to remain destitute by the target date. Why are some countries doing better than others?
Has biodiversity ‘all but disappeared from the global dialogue on sustainable development’ as Sanderson & Redford (2003) fear? Here we explore the poverty reduction imperative that dominates the current agendas of most international development agencies, question the absence of biodiversity conservation from this agenda, and debate the role of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in building bridges between the two.
Two events convened in New York on Wednesday, 14 September 2005, to address the theme of the “Environment for the Millennium Development Goals.” Both events were organized by members of the Poverty-Environment Partnership (PEP). The first event, a High-level Policy Dialogue, took place in the afternoon near United Nations headquarters.