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Sustainable Development Goals

Eradicating global poverty

We’re for Australian Aid.

In 2000, member countries of the United Nations (including Australia) set the target of halving global poverty by 2015. To achieve this, they established eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and set targets around each goal.

Since this time, the world has witnessed significant improvements in human development including health, education, nutrition and life expectancy since 2000.

But the job is far from done.

In January 2015, Oxfam reported that the world’s 80 richest individuals now own as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people. Growing inequality, together with the increased impacts of climate change, are two key challenges to be addressed if we are to further reduce poverty and ensure everyone can access their full human rights. Without action on inequality and climate change, we will not overcome poverty and injustice.

This year, the United Nations is working to finalise a new set of global development goals to replace the MDGs. We expect these to be called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Oxfam is working to ensure these new goals focus on helping the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Oxfam is calling for the new Sustainable Development Goals to include:

  • Action on reducing extreme inequality, to ensure the poorest people really benefit from growth and prosperity
  • A commitment on climate change, to ensure global warming is under a safe level for the planet
  • Full equality and human rights for women and girls

To learn more about Oxfam’s proposals for the Sustainable Development Goals, and our full set of proposals, see our report Making it Happen.

In 2015 Oxfam will also invite you to join a global call to ensure the new development goals are the best they can be, and ensure a strong commitment via Australian aid to help us get there.

We’re for Australian Aid

Aid is one of Australia’s most important contributions to ending extreme poverty and inequality around the world.

But successive cuts to our aid budget have left Australian aid on a trajectory to its lowest level in 60 years.

We’re asking supporters to get behind the Campaign for Australian Aid, to help us build support for the great achievements of Australian aid.

Find out more and join us here

Oxfam Australia proudly supports the Campaign for Australian Aid, a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions – for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. For more information, go to


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