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On September 8, 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Millennium Declaration, which reaffirmed the universal values and principles of freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature and the UN’s commitment to promoting peace, security, disarmament, human rights, democracy and good governance.
The Millennium Declaration also outlined the most ambitious global agenda till date for eradicating poverty and preventable disease, promoting equitable development and protecting the earth’s environment. Thus, it became the ethical basis and pre-cursor for the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), each further outlined with measurable targets and indicators, which were 
officially revised in 2008.


The Millennium Declaration has been signed by 193 member countries, who have adopted the MDGs as national commitments, including St. Lucia. The eight MDGs include:




MDG 1 – Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger



 MDG 2 – Achieve Universal Primary Education


MDG 3 – Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women



MDG 4 – Reduce Child Mortality


MDG 5 – Improve Maternal Health



MDG 6 – Combat HIV/AIDs, Malaria and Other Diseases


MDG 7 - Ensure Environmental Sustainability


MDG 8 - A Global Partnership for Development


St. Lucia and the MDGs


St. Lucia embarked on this initiative in the year 2004 with the implementation of DevInfo. This was spearheaded by the creation of “HelenInfo”; a customized version in 2008 and further improvements with the 2.0 version of the adaptation in 2010. Customization and creeation of online/web access to HelenInfo was achieved in 2011; which has now been unpdated to the latest version 7.0 in 2013. This development of the online database was a mileston for the Central Statistics Office. Now the MDG's along with other key indicators for St. Lucia are available with the click of a button. 



St. Lucia MDG Progress - Highlights



  • The Government of St. Lucia has been compling data over the years and are now focusing on those as it reflects the MDG’s. The progress made and challenges remaining in MDG achievement at the country level are highlighted below, with some keys indicator data. 

    Its key highlights are:



Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger


Goal 2:  Achieve Universal Primary Education



Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

  • Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament was 15% in 1997 and is now 18% in 2011;  increase of 3 percentage points in fourteen (14) years and recent past


Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality

  • Infant mortality rate declined by 5.1% over a seven year period. The rate was 21.3% in 2005 and as of 2012 is 16.2%.


Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health

  • As of 2007 Maternal Mortality Rate "MMR" (Maternal Death to live -births in year per 100,000 population) is 90. 


Goal 6: Combats HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Disease 


Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

  • Proportion of forest cover, 30 sq. miles (12.6%) of total land area in 2010. During the same year after the passage of Hurricane Tomas there was a decrease in total forest coverage but the total lost has not been quantified.


Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development

  • Number of telephone subscribers according to our 2010 census data is 40% of total Household (HH) population (23,585 HH of the total population of 58,920 HH).
  • The number of Cellular subscribers is 82% of Households (48, 482 HH).
  • Internet subscribers is 18,252 HH.