Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Gap Task Force Report 2009

Strengthening the Global Partnership for Development in a Time of Crisis

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Further progress has been made towards fulfilling the promises embodied in the Millennium Development Goal 8 (MDG 8). However, the Global Partnership for Development has suffered important setbacks, most of which have arisen from the current state of the world economy which is experiencing its severest downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s. In the countdown to 2015, urgent responses are needed to bridge the existing implementation gaps to make good on the promises made to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The 2009 issue of the report by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Gap Task Force identifies these gaps in detail and provides recommendations to all major stakeholders on how to address these gaps.

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The first report of the MDG Gap Task Force, published in 2008, had already warned that a weakening global economy, along with higher food and energy prices, was threatening to reverse the progress made in delivering on the global commitments on aid, trade, debt relief and access to affordable essential medicines and new technologies. In the past year, the financial crisis has intensified and mutated into a worldwide economic recession. The crisis has presented major challenges to the global partnership for development but it has also brought with it new opportunities for strengthening it. The outcome document of the Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development recognized that developing countries have been among the hardest hit by the global economic slowdown. Member States of the United Nations acknowledged the concerted action agreed upon by leaders of the Group of Twenty to make large amounts of additional financing available to revitalize the world economy but they also recommended that the financial needs of developing countries, especially low-income countries, should be further addressed.

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