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Millennium Development Goals

Mildmay Hospital, Uganda

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight key objectives which range from halving extreme poverty to providing universal primary education, which were agreed by over 200 nations and international bodies in 2000.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has been a strong advocate of the MDG campaign for several years. He has spoken many times in a range of different forums (detailed below) on the importance of maintaining pressure on governments to achieve these goals. His International Development Secretariat also works with a range of Anglican churches and Anglican development agencies on specific MDGs, particularly education and food security, and also on cross-cutting issues such as gender, climate change and HIV. His office is currently engaged in ongoing dialogue with UN agencies' civil society groups on post-MDG plans. 

For more information on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) visit:

Recent items relating to the Millennium Development Goals are shown below:

November 2010

Archbishop's video message for World AIDS Day 2010
30 November 2010
In his message for 2010 World AIDS Day, the Archbishop of Canterbury celebrates the good news that can…

October 2010

Archbishop's MDG sermon at Kolkota Cathedral
10 October 2010
On the first Sunday of his visit to India, the Archbishop of Canterbury preached at a service of thanksgiving…

September 2010

Video message to mark UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals
20 September 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today issued a video message to mark the opening…

January 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury meets UN Secretary General
27 January 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams spent 45 minutes with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki…

The Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message 2010
1 January 2010
In his BBC New Year Message the Archbishop of Canterbury sets out that in this global society we now…

November 2009

Archbishop's World AIDS Day Message 2009 "A space for hope"
30 November 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has released his 2009 World Aids Day video, in which…

November 2008

Archbishop's World AIDS Day 2008 video
30 November 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has recorded a video message to mark the 20th annual…

September 2008

Archbishop calls for greater co-operation to meet MDGs
24 September 2008
On the eve of the United Nations General Assembly meeting on Millennium Development Goals in New York,…

August 2008

Archbishop's Pastoral Letter to Bishops of the Anglican Communion
26 August 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today sent a letter to the bishops of the Anglican…

July 2008

Keep the Promise - Millennium Development Goals
24 July 2008
The Archbishop's speech, given at Lambeth Palace after the Walk of Witness, prior to an address by the…

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