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Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Gap Task Force Report 2012

The Global Partnership for Development - Making Rhetoric a Reality

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The 2012 Report will continue to follow the progress on official development assistance, market access, debt sustainability, access to essential medicines and new technologies as prescribed by the Millennium Development Goal 8. Closer attention will be given to the impact of the global crisis on meeting the targets, and ways to further increase aid effectiveness following the recommendations of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. Some evidence on whether the needs of developing countries are being met will be presented. The Report will also serve as a building block to start formulating the post-2015 development agenda by taking stock of the progress made so far.

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Access to new technologies

Access to new technologies, especially in the area of information and communication technologies (ICT), continues to expand at an accelerated pace in developing countries. The spread of ICT also continues in developed countries and, as a result, the digital divide remains wide. The growing use of ICT is supporting broader development processes, including the improved accessibility and effectiveness of social services. While the cost of ICT continues to fall, such services remain much less affordable to citizens of developing countries. Thus, further reduction in the cost of ICT services may help accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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