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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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Access to affordable essential medicines

As reported at various international forums, despite a greater awareness within the private sector regarding the need to increase access to affordable essential medicines in developing countries, medicines remain costly, insufficiently available at dispensing facilities and often unaffordable. Increasing access to medicines and the technology needed to produce them, while encouraging further innovation, requires a better understanding of the linkages between policies on public health, innovation, intellectual property and international trade. Greater international cooperation on policy formation in these areas is needed urgently.

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