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Millennium Development Goals

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed at the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000 and nearly 190 countries have signed up to them. The goals are international targets for reducing global poverty. They aim to lift around 500 million people out of poverty by the year 2015. If this happens, fewer women will die in childbirth, fewer people will die from treatable diseases, many more boys and girls will go to school and the lives of millions of people will improve dramatically.

Goal 8 specifically mentions debt. One of the targets within Goal 8 (Develop a global partnership for development) is to reduce the debts for the most Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC). Indeed, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, said that without debt relief for the world’s poorest countries, the MDGs objective of halving world poverty by 2015 will remain a pipe dream.

Debt cancellation is therefore a vital tool to achieving the MDGs. Simply pouring more and more development aid into the poorest HIPC without cancelling their debts is like trying to fill a bathtub with the plug removed. For every £1 received in aid, HIPC pay back £2.30 in debt repayments. This is why debt campaigners say that in order to achieve the targets on reducing poverty in these countries, the debts they owe must be completely written off. And there is evidence that debt cancellation works. For example, spending on poverty relief in countries that have received their debts reduced or removed has risen by about 75 percent; Zambia has used debt relief to employ an additional 4,500 new teachers and abolish fees for rural healthcare.

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