Time to Deliver
"This fourth report of the MDG Gap Task Force challenges the international community and other stakeholders to intensify their efforts to realize the potential of the global partnership for development. - Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General, United Nations
Significant gaps remain in delivering on the commitments in the areas of aid, trade, debt relief, and access to new technologies and to affordable essential medicines. A number of crucial commitments that were supposed to have been reached by 2010, including increased aid volume, improved aid effectiveness, and the conclusion of the Doha Round of trade negotiations, have not been met. The MDG Gap Task Force Report 2011 monitors the progress made in achieving the targets of MDG 8, including continued attention to the impact of the global crisis on meeting the targets set under MDG 8 and embedding any new commitments resulting from the High-level Plenary Meeting of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly on the MDGs into the monitoring process. Policy coherence is a central theme of the 2011 issue of the Report paying attention not only to issues of coherence across the various dimensions of the global partnerships, but also on the extent to which those partnerships are aligned behind national development strategies for achieving the MDGs. The adequacy of international support measures especially for least developed countries, particularly with regards to trade preferences and debt relief are analysed. With less than four years left until the 2015 deadline to deliver on the commitments contained in the MDGs, the 2011 Report provides recommendations to all major stakeholders on how to address the remaining implementation gaps.