In their 2010 annual Millennium Development Goals Report, the UN concluded that earlier advances towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) had stalled and some positive trends even reversed due to the global financial crisis and economic downturn in 2008-2009.

Fears thing could grow worse

However, already before the latest financial crisis it was reported by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) that the current degradation of ecosystems could grow significantly worse during the decades ahead, in itself preventing the attainment of the MDGs.

With only 5 years to go before the 2015 deadline, the prediction is that the Millennium Development Goals on reducing hunger and poverty are not likely to be met.

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