- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Achieve universal primary education
- Promote gender equality and empower women
- Reduce child mortality
- Improve maternal health
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- Ensure environmental sustainability
- Develop a global partnership for development
Primary school net enrollment rate, 1991-2006
Source: United Nations, The Millennium Development Goals Report 2008, page 12.
Six MDG regions have reached primary school net enrollment rates at or above 90 percent: Commonwealth of Independent States (Europe and Asia), Eastern Asia, South-Eastern Asia, Southern Asia, Northern Africa, and Latin America. Western Asia is slightly behind with a primary NER of 88 percent. In absolute terms, Sub-Saharan Africa has made the most progress since the turn of the millennium, with a 13 percent increase in the primary NER from 58 percent in 2000 to 71 percent in 2006. This increase was achieved in spite of strong growth in the population of primary school age. Still, three out of ten children of primary school age in Sub-Saharan Africa are not enrolled in primary school. In all developing regions combined, the primary NER rose from 80 percent in 1991 to 88 percent in 2006. In contrast, the primary NER in the developed regions declined from 98 percent in 1991 to 96 percent in 2006.
- United Nations. 2008. The millennium development goals report 2008. New York: United Nations. (Download PDF document, 3.3 MB)
- Universal primary education by 2015: A goal out of reach?
- Global population of primary school age, 2000-2015
- Global trends in primary and secondary education, 2000-2004
- Trends in primary school enrollment, 1970-2004
- Official MDG targets and indicators
- Millennium Development Goal regions and UNICEF regions
- UN Millennium Development Goals Report 2007
- Official announcement of the MDG report 2008
- UN Millennium Development Goals (UN Development Programme)
- MDG indicators (UN Statistics Division)
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