In 2000, all 189 countries in the United Nations agreed to a list of eight goals for improving the quality of life of the world’s poorest people. Called the Millennium Development Goals, the list addressed many basic needs, but shelter was left out.
The Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015. Some of these targets will be met, but many will not.
With more people living in cities and slums continuing to swell, adequate housing must be preserved in the next MDGs.
Habitat is ensuring stakeholders understand the demographics of those living in poverty have changed and the need for a safe, decent, affordable place to live is continuing to grow.