MDG Gap Task Force

In September 2000, world leaders adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to an unprecedented global action to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets - with a deadline of 2015 - that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Goals 1-7 set targets for reducing income poverty, and improving health, education and environmental sustainability. Goal 8 established a global partnership for development to achieve Goals 1-7, with targets on aid, trade and debt sustainability, as well as access to new technologies and affordable essential medicines. A number of commitments have since been made by both developed and developing countries, as well as UN and multilateral agencies and other international stakeholders towards pursuing these targets.

The Millennium Development Goals Gap Task Force was created by the Secretary General of the United Nations in 2007 to improve monitoring of the global commitments made towards MDG 8. The Task Force systematically tracks existing international commitments in the areas of MDG 8 and identifies gaps and obstacles in their fulfillment at the international, regional and country level.

While there has been progress in several areas, important gaps remain. The countdown is progressing and urgent responses are needed if the world is to deliver on its promises. The weakened world economy and volatile food and energy prices threaten to reverse some of the progress made to date, underlining why it is more important now than ever before for countries around the world to work together on this mission.

UNDP and United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) are the lead coordinating agencies of the Task Force, which includes the participation of more than 20 UN agencies, including the World Bank and IMF, as well as the OECD and WTO. Since 2008 the Task Force produced a report each year reviewing the progress in strengthening the global partnership for development, identifying implementation gaps and providing recommendations to all major stakeholders on how to address these gaps and strengthen the global partnership for development.