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Goal #8Global Partnership
Introduction

The Millennium Goals represent a global partnership for development. The deal makes clear that it is the primary responsibility of poor countries to work towards achieving the first seven Goals. They must do their part to ensure greater accountability to citizens and efficient use of resources. But for poor countries to achieve the first seven Goals, it is absolutely critical that rich countries deliver on their end of the bargain with more and more effective aid, more sustainable debt relief and fairer trade rules, well in advance of 2015.

The Targets

Goal 8 of the Millennium Development Goals sets out by the year 2015 to:

  • Develop further an open trading and financial system that is rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory. Includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction—nationally and internationally.
  • Address the least developed countries’ special needs. This includes tariff- and quota-free access for their exports; enhanced debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries; cancellation of official bilateral debt; and more generous official development assistance for countries committed to poverty reduction.
  • Address the special needs of landlocked and small island developing States.
  • Deal comprehensively with developing countries’ debt problems through national and international measures to make debt sustainable in the long term
  • In cooperation with the developing countries, develop decent and productive work for youth.
  • In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries.
  • In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies—especially information and communications technologies.

Did You Know?

The United Nations estimates that unfair trade rules deny poor countries $700 billion every year. Less than 0.01% of this could save the sight of 30 million people. (Source:ChristianAid)
In 1970, 22 of the world's richest countries pledged to spend 0.7% of their national income on aid. 34 years later, only 5 countries have kept that promise. The UK hasn't. (Source:Save The Children)

  • The poorest 49 countries make up 10% of the world's population but account for only 0.4% of world trade. Their share has halved since 1980. (Source:ChristianAid)

  • Achieving the Goals

    Debt relief has helped millions in developing countries provide for their people.

    Nigeria is using $750 million in debt savings from 2006 to train and recruit new teachers, while Cameroon is debt savings to launch a national HIV/AIDS plan for prevention, education, testing and mother-to- child transmission abatement.

    Read more examples of effective aid from the One Campaign

    Goal News

    The UN Millennium Campaign welcomes the G-8’s promise of $20 billion to address the much neglected issues of hunger, poverty and food security with a strong focus on agriculture. But the Campaign stresses that this must be additional funding, support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals —including the needs and rights of the poorest – and be in line with national priorities and systems.


    Rome, July 7, 2009: On the eve of the G-8 Summit, the United Nations Millennium Campaign and Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) in Italy organized a stunt in Piazza del Popolo in Rome in order to grab the attention of G-8 leaders. The stunt was part of the “Press the 8” campaign which encourages citizens to pressure G-8 leaders to deliver on their promises at this week’s summit.


    The United Nations Millennium Campaign is warning that the ongoing economic crisis is likely to bring the economies of many developing countries to the brink of collapse and threatens the very survival of their citizens. According to the African Development Bank, countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya could run out of foreign reserves to purchase goods necessary for survival in a matter of weeks. At the same time, countries including Laos, Senegal, Uganda, Cape Verde and Sudan are cutting expenditures on poverty alleviation for desperately poor citizens.


    The day before the General Assembly’s high-level summit on the economic crisis, the Director of the Millennium Campaign says financial institutions have received ten times more money in bailouts in the past year than poor countries have received in aid in the past 49 years – showing that finding money is a matter of political will, not lack of resources.


    Rome, June 12, 2009: On the occasion of the G-8 Development Minister’s Meeting that took place at the Foreign Ministry in Rome on June 11-12, GCAP Italy organized a stunt in Piazza del Popolo in order to grab the attention of G-8 leaders. A huge weight with the word “crisis” crushed southern poor people while representations of G-8 leaders remained indifferent and kept on drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. The stunt occurred as development ministers met to discuss the impact of the financial crisis on developing countries and sustainable development.