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UN Report: World Falls Short on Pledges to Attain MDG Goals

September 18, 2009

A United Nations report "Strengthening the Global Partnership for Development in a Time of Crisis" revealed that governments are falling well short of the financial commitments to help developing countries climb out of poverty. "We made substantial advances in strengthening the global partnership for development before the financial and economic crisis began," said Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro at the launch of the report at UN Headquarters in New York. "We now need a new push to counter the threat the crisis poses to our hard won goals."

The report prepared by the UN's Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Gap Task Force brought together 20 UN agencies including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and was created by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007 to track global commitments on aid, trade and debt, and to follow progress on access to essential medicines and technology.

See the press release for more details: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=32073&Cr=mdg&Cr1=