Ensure healthy lives:
the new goals of the United Nations

goals to transform our world

Last September, the United Nations gathered during a special summit to launch a post-2015 development agenda following the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), adopted in 2000. This new program is composed of 17 Goals to Transform Our World, and 169 targets, including several dedicated to health improvement. This is the occasion to review the latest important evolutions of public health and the international community’s goals for the years to come.


“Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”


To fulfill the important healthcare challenges worldwide, UN has set ambitious targets.


Target 1: By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.

Maternal mortality


Target 2: By 2030, reduce the global infant mortality ratio to, at least, as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.

Infant mortality


Target 3: End numerous epidemics, as AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria.

In 2013, new HIV infections were estimated at 2.1 million, which was 38 per cent lower than in 2001, but AIDS remains the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age worldwide.


In addition to these targets, UN takes strong commitments regarding prevention and access to healthcare: strengthen the prevention about the harmful use of alcohol and substance abuse, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents, or Achieve universal coverage for all. You can discover the 13 targets and concretes actions that go with it on the UN website.


However, some observers, like the World Economic Forum, perceive these targets as too ambitious, and question their relevance.


read the article on UN website

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