V.10 The Millennium Development Goals Map

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The National Geographic Society

The World Bank’s Data Group, National Geographic, and the United Nations undertook a partnership in 2005 to raise awareness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by producing and disseminating a large-format, full-color wall map highlighting progress toward the goals. National Geographic was responsible for the cartography and design, with input from the World Bank. The data was taken from the World Bank’s World Development Indicators (WDI) database and the United Nations’ website. Produced in 2006, the map presents data up to 2004. The center map portrays the world by income, thus providing a global overview of poverty, the first MDG. All eight MDG goals and their human impact are shown below the world map. The map and charts in the upper-right corner show that much progress has been made in reducing poverty. Prospects are good that the 2015 goal will be met—i.e., the proportion of people that live on less than U.S. $1 a day will be reduced by half. The MDGs are an international commitment. They have been accepted by both poor and rich countries as a framework for measuring development progress. Poor countries have actively committed to reducing poverty. Wealthy countries have promised to support global economic and social development. Keep the promise. Visit http://un.org/millenniumgoals.


Department of Public Information, United Nations. 2010. We Can End Poverty 2015: Millennium Development Goals. Accessed September 21, 2011. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals.

The World Bank Group. 2011. “The Millennium Development Goals Map: Charting Progress toward a Better World.” Data & Research. Accessed September 21, 2011. http://econ.worldbank.org.

The World Bank and National Geographic Society. 2006. The Millennium Development Goals Map: A Global Agenda to End Poverty. Courtesy of The World Bank and The National Geographic Society. In “5th Iteration (2009): Science Maps for Science Policy-Makers,” Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Elisha F. Hardy. http://scimaps.org

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.