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Introduction

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Five years ago, the Secretary-General of the United Nations invited the organizations of the multilateral system to form an inter-secretariat task force to better monitor implementation of the commitments commonly summarized as “Goal 8” of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The resulting MDG Gap Task Force produced its first report in 2008, which measured progress in implementing commitments to strengthen official development assistance (ODA), to improve access of developing-country exports to international markets, to enhance cooperation to achieve and maintain sustainable external debt situations in developing countries, and to deepen developing-country access to affordable essential medicines and new technologies. In addition to giving an account of the progress in these areas, the first report identified the gaps between commitment and delivery and called upon the international community to fill those gaps.

Related Subject(s): Economic and Social Development
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