Eveline Herfkens

Eveline Herfkens was appointed Executive Coordinator of the UN Millennium Campaign in 2002. The Campaign encourages citizens around the world in their efforts to hold Governments to account for the promises they made at the United Nations Millennium Summit, held in 2000 in New York. In the Millennium Declaration, Governments agreed to a set of eight goals, with concrete targets that, when achieved, would end extreme poverty across the planet.

It was the best news for decades, when in 2000 world leaders acknowledged that the most urgent matter at the dawn of the new century was to put an end to poverty, and that the world has the resources and the know-how to do so.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summarize the development targets agreed to at international conferences and world summits during the 1990s. At the end of the last century, world leaders distilled the key goals and targets in the Millennium Declaration adopted in September 2000.