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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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Access to affordable essential medicines

There are few international commitments in relation to the provision of medicines other than those for the three high-profile diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. These are addressed under MDG 6 and their progress is monitored annually in The Millennium Development Goals Report. Existing commitments regarding medicines often lack quantitative targets and, unlike the other commitments addressed in this report, usually do not refer to either the aggregate global or the country-level supply. This makes it difficult to both measure a “delivery gap” with regard to global commitments and assess the distribution of benefits across countries (the “coverage gap”).

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