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Objectives and Challenges

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), adopted at the UN Millennium Summit in New York during September 2000 have changed the whole concept of global development. Promising to: “free all men, women, and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty.” they have been accepted as a framework for measuring development progress. Outlining clear targets, the MDG have highlighted that responsibility lies on both donor nations as well as the developing world to attain these targets.

Central to all the MDGs, is MDG 8, the creation of a global partnership for development. It recognizes that aid alone will not solve the problems of the world’s poorest citizens, donors need to work together effectively among themselves and equally with their partners in the developing world. Private-public sector partnerships are equally as important, given that the private sector can be seen as the engine behind economic growth and needs to work in partnership with public sector as well as the NGOs and Un bodies to find solutions to the challenges that lie ahead.

MDG 8 focuses on co-operation between international organisations, governments, pharmaceutical companies, the private sector, and developing countries to help people gain access to what they need.

Simply put, MDG 8 stipulates that the wealthy have a responsibility to help the world’s poorest to equip themselves with the basic tools for development. They need to increase aid to help these nations achieve the MDGs. The issue of Heavy indebtedness also needs to be looked at and a favorable environment needs to be created for development. Given an effective education system, healthcare, sustainable energy and infrastructure, security, governance, fair trade mechanisms, and access to new and modern technologies, the poorest nations and people can pull themselves out of poverty.

The Key Targets behind MDG8 are:

  • Target 8A:
  • Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system.

Target 8B:

  • Address the special needs of least developed Countries

Target 8.C:

  • Address the special needs of landlocked developing countries and small island developing States.

Target 8.D:

  • Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries.

Target 8.E:

  • In cooperation with the pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries.

Target 8.F:

  • In cooperation with the private sector, make available benefits of new technologies, especially information and communication.