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Global Poverty and Development

WHY STUDY GLOBAL POVERTY AND DEVELOPMENT?

In September 2000, world leaders gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration which committed nations to policies aimed at eradicating extreme world poverty by 2015. The objectives of the declaration — now known as the Millennium Development Goals — include ending poverty and hunger, fighting gender inequality, protecting maternal health, providing universal primary education, and working towards environmental sustainability.

Why did the United Nations choose these specific goals? What policy tools can nations use in pursuit of these goals? Are the goals realistic? What will it take to reach them? Mary Baldwin’s minor in global poverty and development provides students with the information and critical thinking skills necessary to answer these and other related questions. Students in the minor learn about what works — and what doesn’t work — to promote economic development from both the political and economic perspectives.