The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have, overall, been remarkably successful in focusing attention and mobilizing resources to address the major gaps in human development. Some of the MDGs’ key targets, such as halving the poverty rate, will be met by 2015; however, achieving the health goals looks difficult and Africa lags behind, despite the substantial progress it has made since 2000. The product of a consortium of organizations led by CIGI and the Korea Development Institute (KDI), this special report examines the targets that have been met and considers the global implications of the remaining unmet goals, concluding that the global community must build on the current MDGs, moving beyond meeting basic human needs in order to promote dynamic, inclusive and sustainable development. The report reviews a menu of indicators for the candidate goals to inform the future process of selecting the post-2015 successors to the MDGs.

  • Nicole Bates-Eamer is an independent research consultant in Victoria, B.C. She has been the researcher for CIGI and KDI’s Toward a Post-2015 Development Agenda project since its inception in 2009. 

  • Min Ha Lee is a research associate with KDI’s Global Economy Research Division. Her research focuses on development and industrial policy, sustainable transportation system and regional integration. She recently published “A Critical Review on Regional Integration Process in East Asia,” a paper that is a qualitative extension of her previous work on East Asian regional integration. 

  • Dr. Mukesh Kapila is under secretary general for national society and knowledge development at the IFRC. He has served in many senior roles at the IFRC since 2006.