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Project: Design a Poster Marking Progress in the Millennium Development Goals


Ten years ago, the United Nations established the Millennium Development Goals as a means to inspire progress against key health and development issues around the world. These goals provided a vision of a more equitable future. They are:

1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. 2: Achieve universal primary education. 3: Promote gender equality and empower women. 4: Reduce child mortality. 5: Improve maternal health. 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. 7: Ensure environmental sustainability. 8: Develop a global partnership for development.

Since 2000, when the MDGs were outlined, the global community has made great strides in the work to save and improve lives. Going forward, this community has the opportunity to expand upon these original goals—to imagine, and ultimately create, a future of improved health and well-being for all the world’s citizens. This fall, in a series with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GOOD will focus on the work being done toward eradicating poverty and hunger, and keeping mothers and children healthy—work that helps the world get closer to achieving MDGs 1, 4, and 5. We want you to design a poster celebrating the progress that the global community has made toward reaching those three goals. The winner of this contest will receive a trip for two to TEDxChange, a special event on September 20 in New York, co-hosted by TED and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At this event, on the eve of the United Nations summit on the MDGs, people from around the globe will come together to reflect not only on the accomplishments of the past decade, but also the future we can make. See for more information about the event. (This prize includes transportation, hotel, and meals. All submissions are subject to the terms and conditions.)


Design a poster that marks the progress made against Millennium Development Goal 1, 4, or 5.


Submissions are due by midnight Pacific time on August 16, 2010. Please make your submissions 578 pixels wide by 900 pixels tall, and no larger than 5 megabytes. We’ll contact the winners for high-resolution versions. We’ll post all submissions here on August 23, 2010. Email your submissions to projects [at]


To help you get started, here is more information on the goals themselves.

MDG Monitor is a site working to constantly measure progress against the goals.

The United Nations site for MDG Indicators measures the MDGs, including the latest 2009 report (PDF) on how close we are to the goals.

The Oversees Development Institute has published a Millennium Development Goals Report Card (PDF).

We’ve also attached an example poster by GOOD’s Atley Kasky, to help get your creative juices flowing. We're excited to see what you come up with.

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