About Millennium development goals

In the year 2000, the leaders of 189 countries decided to create a global climate conducive to economic development and the elimination of poverty. They adopted the Millennium Declaration, with eight goals: the MDGs. The states' common goals are reducing poverty, promoting education, increasing gender equality, improving maternal and infant health, combating HIV/AIDS and malaria and working for sustainable development, and they set a 2015 deadline for achieving them.

What is role of the UPU?

As a specialized agency of the United Nations, the UPU helps its member countries to work towards achieving the MDGs. Thanks to its three dimensions – physical, electronic and financial – the UPU's world postal network participates in the development of economies, societies and electronic trade, and in narrowing the digital divide.

How does the UPU contribute?

  • MDG 1 Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger: in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UPU is working in six West African countries on a project to extend the UPU’s electronic payment network to more than 300 rural post offices. Rural communities – which many migrants leave – will then have access to an affordable, high-quality fund transfer service
  • MDG 6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases: in partnership with the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS and UNI Global Union, the UPU has launched an AIDS prevention campaign. This campaign is intended to make up to six million postal employees and the millions of customers at the 660,000 post offices in the world network aware of the issue of HIV/AIDS
  • MDG 7 Ensure environmental sustainability: in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UPU is undertaking a study on greenhouse gas emissions in order to evaluate the volume of harmful emissions associated with postal activity and to find ways of decreasing them as quickly as possible