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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 affordable essential medicines

Despite a greater focus on health issues by the international community, little progress can be seen in access to essential medicines. New data show that essential medicines remain unaffordable and insufficiently accessible to the poor. Although international initiatives supported by public and private funding will continue to help increase the supply of affordable medicines and improve their distribution, other developments will also help narrow the gap, if conditions allow. Local production of medicines in developing countries, for example, can reduce production costs, but will depend on enhancing the capacity of these countries and facilitating the use of flexibilities in international trade regulations. Thus, the augmented participation of developing countries will be critical in strengthening the global partnership to increase access to essential medicines.

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