Countdown for health to the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals

Claire E Brolan and Peter S Hill
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01147
Published online: 6 April 2015

The UN member states face difficult decisions for health in crafting the proposed, expansive post-2015 sustainable development agenda

In December 2015, the achievements of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on development in low- and middle-income countries will be assessed. Already we are aware of the progress since they were proposed as part of the UN Millennium Declaration in 2001. The world has reduced extreme poverty by half; over 3.3 million deaths from malaria and tuberculosis have been averted; over 2.3 billion people have gained access to safe drinking water; child mortality has more than halved; and access to HIV antiretroviral drugs has substantially increased.1 Beyond 2015, the residual tasks of the MDGs will be integrated into a new agenda that has arisen from the recommendations of Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, asking all nations to commit to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Claire E Brolan
  • Peter S Hill

  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.



This research is part of the Go4Health project, funded through the European Union's Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration (grant ref: HEALTH-F1-2012-305240) and the Australian Government's National Health and Medical Research Council–European Union Collaborative Research Grants (grant ref: 1055138).

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