MDGs in Sri Lanka

The Millennium Development Goals are a UN initiative.

What are the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. Achieve universal primary education
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women
  4. Reduce child mortality
  5. Improve maternal health
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  7. Ensure environmental stability
  8. Develop a global partnership for development

These goals represent human needs and basic rights that every individual around the world should be able to enjoy.


The MDGs are drawn from the actions and targets contained in the Millennium Declaration adopted by 189 nations and signed by 147 heads of state and governments during the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000.

Millennium Declaration is the text of the resolution adopted by the General Assembly at the Millennium Summit in September 2000.

The MDGs set quantitative objectives to be achieved by 2015.

MDGs set a powerful agenda for developing countries and the international community.

MDGs Provide a global benchmark for eradicating poverty and set standards for monitoring progress toward achieving the benchmarks.

Achieving MDGs in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka National Campaign for Achieving the MDGs is spearheaded and administered by the Ministry of Finance & Planning, with the support of the UN Country Team and with direct implementation assistance by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The National Council for Economic Development (NCED) brings together stakeholders from the private and state sectors to develop economic policies and action plans.

Millennium Development Goals Country Reports are available in the UN Library.

Millenium Development Goals Country Report 2005

Millenium Development Goals Country Report 2008/09

These reports review the progress on MDGs in sri Lanka, since 1990, at national level, as well as at sector and regional levels.

MDG Country Reports for Sri Lanka released in 2005 & 2010 played a very important role in creating awareness on MDGs.

The reports promoted a dialogue among policy makers, planners and other stakeholders.

Useful websites

Millennium Declaration
The text of the resolution adopted by the General Assembly at the Millennium Summit in September 2000.

United Nations Millennium Development Goals
Provides background information and documents related to the MDGs.

United Nations Development Programme – Millennium Development Goals
UNDP in collaboration with national governments is coordinating country reporting on progress towards the UN Millennium Development Goals. This website provides comprehensive information regarding the MDGs and progress toward reaching these goals.

United Nations Development Programme – MDGs in Sri Lanka
Provides information on the MDGs in Sri Lanka .

Millennium Development Goals Indicators
Maintained by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, this website provides official data, definitions, methodologies and sources for the 48 indicators that measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.