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Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Gap Task Force Report 2015

Taking Stock of the Global Partnership for Development


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The present report was prepared by the MDG Gap Task Force, which was created by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to improve the monitoring of MDG 8 by leveraging inter-agency coordination. More than 30 United Nations entities and other organizations are represented in the Task Force, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Trade Organization. The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (UN/DESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) acted as lead agencies in organizing the work of the Task Force.

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Monitoring the global partnership for development

Fifteen years ago, the Millennium Summit put forth an agreement to help developing countries attain what were later codified as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by strengthening the global partnership for development. MDG 8, building the global partnership for development, established a set of targets and indicators for implementing that goal, which the MDG Gap Task Force has monitored since United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon created the Task Force in 2007. In this, its final report on the implementation of Goal 8, the Task Force reports on recent notable developments during 2014 and 2015, but the report begins with a number of reflections on lessons learned from preparing its eight monitoring reports. These reflections are offered in the spirit of assisting the international community as it prepares for the United Nations Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September 2015, where a set of Sustainable Development Goals are expected to be adopted along with a further strengthening of the global partnership for development to help advance implementation of those goals.

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