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.



Market access (trade)

Trade and the multilateral trade system have contributed to the significant development achievements of the last fifteen years and will constitute critical components of a revitalized partnership in the context of a more ambitious, comprehensive and universal agenda for sustainable development post-2015. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has committed to intensifying efforts to conclude the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) by end-2015, which would close an important gap in the global partnership. Further strengthening of an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory multilateral trading system, such as that envisaged by the DDA, is imperative for safeguarding the economic gains made by developing countries in the past and for creating new opportunities in the future.


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