The Millennium Development Goals received different comments. They include eight clear goals related to poverty, education, empowerment of women, child mortality, maternal health, illness, environmental sustainability and strengthening global partnerships.
The report of the United Nations on the assessment of progress listed improvements in various indicators. For example, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people living in developing countries who live on less than $1.25 a day – determining the limit of extreme poverty – dropped from 47% to 14%.
Another distinctive feature of the Sustainable Development Goals is that they are not only aimed at developing countries. This is a criticism of the Millennium Development Goals. The implication is that they are basically designed to catch up with the rich world. Some sustainable development goals require the industrial countries to take concerted action, not just the advice and assistance of these countries. This is very popular.