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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 Financial Times published the leaked G20 draft communiqué yesterday in advance of the summit’s Thursday meeting in London.


    Since the Millennium Development Goals were agreed in 2000, many developing countries have made great strides. The world was on track to achieve at least the first Millennium Goal of halving the number of extreme poor, and it was coming close to reaching several other objectives as well. But the present crisis is wiping out that hard fought progress.


    Rome, February 14, 2009 – During the meeting of G-7 finance ministers and central bank governors in Rome on February 13-14, the United Nations Millennium Campaign participated in the launch of the document “G-8 2009: Global Challenges and Italian Civil Society Proposals,” organized by the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP).


    While G7 finance ministers and central bankers deliberated in Rome over how to deploy resources to rescue their crumbling economies and financial systems, UN and other agencies were there to remind them that global poverty was on the rise again.
    “The numbers of hungry and poor are increasing,” warned Lennart Bage, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad), noting that the long downward trend in the ranks of poverty had been reversed, partly due to continuing high prices of food and a fall in remittances.


    In a live interview with World Update on February 13, 2009, the Director of the UN Millennium Campaign calls on G-7 finance ministers, meeting in Rome on February 13-14, to create a vulnerability fund for poor countries and reject protectionism, in order to address the global economic crisis.

    Click here to listen to the mp3