For too long there has been a dangerous assumption that progress toward universal schooling is inexorable. In fact, it has stalled, and is even falling back in Africa.
We produce enough food to provide everyone on the planet with 4,500 calories a day, yet hundreds of millions live in absolute hunger. What will happen when the Global South and East, with their exponentially growing demand for meat, take over deciding who gets to eat what, where and when?
MDG progress shows the power of global goals and a shared purpose. Leaders will be held to this high standard.