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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

    (STRASBOURG, November 15th) More than 1 million Europeans mobilized on October 17th --the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty -- under the Stand Up and Take Action initiative, to ask their Governments to keep their commitments on increasing aid quantity and quality, debt relief, and trade opportunities that will help poor countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


    (Strasbourg, November 15h) During the European Development Days in Strasbourg, the French Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) - an alliance comprising a growing number of civil society organizations which mobilize to fight extreme poverty - organized an event in the center of town to draw attention to the current economic crisis afflicting poor countries. The symbolic action took place on November 15, while the G-20 economic summit was taking place in Washington, D.C.


    The United Nations Millennium Campaign is today calling for world leaders gathering at President Bush’s economic summit in Washington this Saturday to allocate $300 billion in additional aid and debt relief to the world’s poorer countries, to make up for the GDP they are forecast to lose as a result of the global financial crisis over the next two years.


    On November 11th, the United Nations Millennium Campaign in Portugal, Objectivo 2015, joined Pobreza Zero (the Global Call to Action against Poverty in Portugal), Micah Challenge and Africa-Europe Faith & Justice Network for a joint hearing with Portugal’s President, Aníbal Cavaco Silva.


    Eveline Herfkens of the UN Millennium Campaign presented the new Aid Effectiveness Brochure, produced by the UN Millennium Campaign and OECD, at the Portuguese Parliament. Eveline was accompanied by Portugal’s Undersecretary of State for Cooperation and Development, João Cravinho, and representatives of the Parliament’s Commission for Foreign Affairs.