April 5 marked 1,000 days to the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The United Nations reports that the “MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Governments, international organizations and civil society groups around the world have helped to cut in half the world’s extreme poverty rate. More girls are in school. Fewer children are dying.”
In the remaining 1,000 days there is a call to accelerate the push to reduce poverty, increase access to education and work towards gender equality. These measures will also reduce vulnerability to human trafficking.