• The 8 Millennium Goals •

7. Ensure Environmental Sustainability

  • Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources
  • Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss
  • Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
  • Achieve, by 2020, a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers

Quick Facts

  • Some 1.7 billion people have gained access to safe drinking water since 1990. Yet 884 million people worldwide still do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines.
  • The world has missed the 2010 target for biodiversity conservation. Based on current trends, the loss of species will continue throughout this century.
  • Slum improvements are failing to keep pace with the growing number of urban poor. The absolute number of slum dwellers keeps rising, with some 828 million people living in slums today, even though the share of the urban population living in slums is declining.
7. Ensure Environmental Sustainability