In September 2000, building upon a decade of major United Nations conferences and summits, world leaders came together at United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets - with a deadline of 2015 - that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals.

Target 1 : End Poverty and Hunger

Target 2 : Universal Education

Target 3 : Gender Equality

Target 4 : Child Health

Target 5 : Maternal Health

Target 6 : Combat HIV/AIDS

Target 7 : Environmental Sustainability

Target 8 : Global Partnership

As the socio-economic importance of tourism is increasing globally and tourism is becoming the most important and perhaps the only way to develop in many developing countries, the need to associate tourism with the development goals is evident.

Tourism can contribute significantly to combating poverty and empowering women through the creation of new jobs, while sound management of tourism flows can contribute decisively to the protection of the environment.

Click here to read the Millennium Declaration and the progress reports.