MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability

The Goal: Ensure Environmental Sustainability

What Do We Want To Achieve?

  • Incorporate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and reverse the loss of environmental resources
  • Decrease biodiversity loss
  • Reduce the number of people without access to safe drinking water and sanitation by half
  • Improve the lives of at least 100 million people who live in slums by 2020

What Have We Already Achieved?

  • In 2010, 89% of the world’s population, about 6.1 billion people, had access to safe drinking water. In 2015, that number will increase to include 92% of the world’s population
  • We have improved the lives of more than 200 million people living in slums
  • 1,800 people have gained access to basic sanitation

What Challenges Remain?

  • 2.6 billion people remain without access to healthcare
  • 17,000 species of plants and animals are endangered
  • The atmospheric levels of substances that destroy the ozone layer could increase 10-fold by 2015