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Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Gap Task Force Report 2013

The Global Partnership for Development - The Challenge We Face

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The 2013 Report informs that there has been a certain backsliding on a number of commitments covered by MDG 8 in the past year, and some progress in others. Official development assistance has fallen for a second year in a row and the multilateral trade negotiations remain at an impasse, but duty free access for exports from developing countries has improved. But while usage of information and communication technologies increases, the costs remain higher in developing countries and essential medicines remain insufficiently accessible. Thus, there are some signs that political momentum for advancing international development cooperation has weakened. However, some governments have consistently pursued their commitments despite domestic austerity policies.

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The global partnership for development in retrospect

In this report, the MDG Gap Task Force presents the most recent data and policy discussions on the specific dimensions of international cooperation that have been brought together and identified as “Goal 8” of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Task Force was created by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2007 to assess progress in realizing the international commitments covered by Goal 8 and thereby to help the international community focus attention on how to close the gap between commitment and delivery. As the report highlights, there has been further progress on a number of commitments in the past year, but significant backsliding in others. Indeed, a redoubling of effort is required to realize internationally shared goals.

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