More than 190 countries signed up to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed in 2000. Mexico is well on its way to meeting most of the eight goals (see table below).
Each goal has numerous specific targets. Mexico met one of the key targets — a 50% reduction in the proportion of children suffering from hunger (under-nutrition) between 1990 and 2015 — with several years to spare. It has also met its child mortality target.
Specific targets that Mexico has not yet reached include:
- an increase in the proportion of GDP that corresponds to the poorest 20% of the population (part of goal 1)
- an increase in the number of women in government (goal 3)
- a further decrease in maternal mortality (goal 5);
- an increase in forested area (goal 7)
- an improved employment rate for young people aged 15–24 (goal 8)
In future posts, we will take a look at some of these specific goals and examine Mexico’s progress towards meeting them in more detail.
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