Development is another name for peace

About 980 million people in the world now live in absolute poverty — earning less than $1 a day. These people often don’t have access to the fundamentals of a decent life — sufficient food, safe water, reliable health care, adequate shelter, and basic education, training and opportunities to sustain livelihoods. Lasting world peace cannot be achieved until social and economic development for all is achieved. The United Nations devotes more than 80 per cent of its resources to achieve this goal.

At the Millennium Summit in September 2000, the largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are the world's targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions – income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion – while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. They are also goals for basic human rights – the rights of each person to health, education, shelter and security.