With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.
“Our world possesses the knowledge and the resources to achieve the MDGs” the Secretary-General stated in his report in preparation for the September summit. “Our challenge today is to agree on an action agenda to achieve the MDGs.”
Here is the question one billion people at the bottom of the global wealth scale could be asking themselves this month. Are the Millennium Development Goals helping me? At least one person has made this question explicit.
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This week the Department for International Development here in the UK has issued a new report ELIMINATING POVERTY : Building Common future, which spells out a new direction and desire to address issue of poverty in the developing world and amongst other things the report looks at the impact of the economic downturn on those in the developing countries. And at the UN summit of September 2000 the richest nations in the world made pledges to the development world that are summed up in what has become to be known as the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs.
So, how do we monitor the MDGs? When the United Nations meets in a few weeks do discuss the Millennium Development Goals what will they be using as their benchmark? How will they assess how effective programs have been?
The MDG Monitor shows how countries are progressing in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With the 2015 target date fast approaching, it is more important than ever to understand where the goals are on track, and where additional efforts and support are needed, both globally and at the country level.
The MDG Monitor is designed as a tool for policymakers, development practitioners, journalists, students and others to:
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- TRACK progress through interactive maps and country-specific profiles
- LEARN about countries' challenges and achievements and get the latest news
- SUPPORT organizations working on the MDGs around the world