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A world without poverty, armed conflicts or environmental destruction – this vision brought together 189 heads of government in New York in September 2000. In their Millennium Declaration they set out eight goals to improve the lives of millions throughout the world. Eradicating poverty, combating hunger and illnesses, education for everyone, supporting democracy and peace, realising human rights and gender equality, protecting the environment and natural resources: all these ambitious goals can only be achieved if the world community works together. The German federal government supports these aims and is aligning its development cooperation to the Millennium Development Goals. In their realisation German development policy is guided by three principles: reducing poverty - promoting equitable forms of globalisation - building peace. Find out more about the priority areas of work and the issues being faced.

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