Millennium Development Goals: Global Partnership

Today I’m looking at the final Millennium Development Goal (with thanks to the United Nations). Learning about the MDGs has been very useful, especially around election time. While many of the targets haven’t been reached (and probably won’t be on time), there has been a lot of progress, proving that together, we can do something about poverty.


Target 1: Address the special needs of least developed countries, landlocked countries and small island developing states

  • Aid continues to rise despite the financial crisis, but Africa is short-changed
  • Only five donor countries have reached the UN target for official aid

Target 2: Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system

  • Developing countries gain greater access to the markets of developed countries
  • Least developed countries benefit most from tariff reductions, especially on their agricultural products

Target 3: Deal comprehensively with developing countries’ debt

  • Debt burdens ease for developing countries and remain well below historical levels

Target 4: In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries

Target 5: In cooperation with the private sector, make available benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications

  • Demand grows for information and communications technology
  • Access to the World Wide Web is still closed to the majority of the world’s people
  • A large gap separates those with high-speed Internet connections, mostly in developed nations, and dial-up users

To be honest, this particular target makes me a little uneasy. I’m not sure why and I don’t know enough about the state of international affairs and governing to have a steady opinion.. what do you think?


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