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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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Access to new technologies

In the modern world, the use of improved technology is a major driver in increasing the standards of living. The Global Partnership for Development thus put a special emphasis on access of developing countries to new technologies. At the beginning of the millennium, the most rapid and promising technological change appeared to involve information and communication technologies (ICTs). The Millennium Development Goals therefore paid special attention to ICT, as have the MDG Gap Task Force reports.

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