This report by the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) collects the perspectives on the 'world we want' from over 1 million people around the globe.
6 Ensure environmental sustainability
Where are we?
Global greenhouse gas emissions resume their upward path, confirming the need for bold action.
Forests are a safety net for the poor, but they continue to disappear at an alarming rate.
Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), 1990 and 2010 (Billions of metric tonnes)
Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013
- Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) have increased by more than 46 per cent since 1990.
- Nearly one third of marine fish stocks have been overexploited.
- Many species are at risk of extinction, despite an increase in protected areas.
- More than 2.1 billion people and almost 1.9 billon people, respectively, have gained access to improved water sources and sanitation facilities since 1990.
- An estimated 863 million people reside in slums in the developing world.
Read more in The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013
The 8 Millennium Development Goals
- 1 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty
- 2 Achieve universal primary education
- 3 Promote gender equality and empower women
- 4 Reduce child mortality
- 5 Improve maternal health
- 6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- 7 Ensure environmental sustainability
- 8 Develop a global partnership for development
Targets for MDG7
- Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources
- Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss
- Proportion of land area covered by forest and proportion of species threatened with extinction
- CO2 emissions, total, per capita and per $1 GDP (PPP)
- Consumption of ozone-depleting substances
- Proportion of fish stocks within safe biological limits
- Proportion of total water resources used
- Proportion of terrestrial and marine areas protected
- Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
- Proportion of population using an improved drinking water source
- Proportion of population using an improved sanitation facility
- Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020
- Proportion of urban population living in slums