The MDG Gap Task Force Report 2012: Making Rhetoric a Reality

20 Sep 2012


In its 2012 Report, the MDG Gap Task Force has had difficulty identifying areas of significant new progress towards delivering on commitments to the Global Partnership for Development, and for the first time there are signs of backsliding. The protracted global economic crisis has begun to take its toll on international development cooperation. The volume of official development assistance (ODA) fell for the first time in many years, obstacles to exports from developing countries are on the rise, negotiations under the Doha Round for a fairer multilateral trading system remain at an impasse and numerous developing countries are facing debt difficulties. With less than three years until 2015, there is no apparent commitment by donor Governments to reverse the trend in time, and it is likely that fewer MDGs will be reached in fewer countries as a result.


There has also been limited progress in fulfilling other key aspects of the global partnership for development. While new financing has been pledged to some disease-specific global health funds, there has been little improvement in recent years in increasing availability and affordability of essential medicines in developing countries. To address the current situation, the MDG Gap Task Force calls upon the international community to honour its promises and close the gaps between commitments and delivery.

The Integrated Implementation Framework
Also see “Tracking Support for the MDGs” at, a web-based platform, recently launched under the aegis of the MDG Gap Task Force, designed to monitor and track delivery on commitments in support of the MDGs, putting into practice the “Integrated Implementation Framework”.

    MDG Gap Task Force Report 2012