Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Gap Task Force Report 2010

The Global Partnership for Development at a Critical Juncture

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Much progress has been made since 2000, but there is still a great deal more to be achieved in order to fulfill the promise of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In this sense, the global partnership for development stands at a critical juncture, with only five years left until the 2015 deadline to delivery on the commitments made and to achieve the MDGs. Remaining gaps are still very large and there have been setbacks because of the global food, energy and financial crises. The deadline for commitments in a number of crucial areas (including increased aid volume, improved aid effectiveness, and the conclusion of the Doha Round of trade negotiations) is 2010, but there is little prospect of successful delivery. The report identifies the implementation gaps in the commitments made under MDG 8 and provides recommendations on how to address them, on strengthening the global partnership, and achieving the MDGs.

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At the Millennium Summit held in 2000, world leaders agreed that strong international partnerships would be crucial to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Tremendous progress has been made in strengthening those partnerships, especially through increased official development assistance and generous debt relief. The efforts put forth are yielding dividends, as a number of countries are now on track towards achieving several of the Goals. At the same time, we know that many other countries are falling short, and that, as a result of the global economic crisis, larger numbers of people are facing much more difficult conditions. The agreed deadline of 2015 is fast approaching, and there is still much to be done.

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