6 Develop a global partnership for development

Where are we?

Of the eight Millennium Development Goals, the eighth is the one where the UNDP Office in Geneva adds the most value.  MDG 8, developing a global partnership for development, is more than just about money – which the UNDP Office in Geneva does support through its relations with the donor countries of Europe, in particular France and Switzerland.  However, within Goal 8 there are 7 targets, and of these UNDP Geneva provides a great deals of support.

Target 8.A deals addresses the lack of an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system.  UNDP Geneva’s work on Trade and Human Development is geared at scaling up UNDP’s substantive support to the Integrated Framework for Trade Related Technical Assistance (IF) for the Least Developed Countries (LDC's), and facilitating institutional relationships with IF partner agencies.   The office also acts as UNDP's focal point for the Trade and Productive Capacity Cluster of the United Nations Chief Executive Board, the WTO Aid for Trade Initiative and the UN Economic Commissions/Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN-EC/ESA) Trade Cluster.

Target 8.B addresses specifically support to the world’s Least Developed Countries.  Related also to Target 8.A, the UNDP Office in Geneva is instrumental in supporting the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-Related Assistance for the Least Developed Countries (commonly abbreviated as EIF) -- an International Framework Programme with the objective of supporting LDCs to better integrate into the global trading system and to make trade a driver for development.

Target 8.E calls for greater access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries.  Programmes managed by the UNDP Office in Geneva support the delivery of antiretroviral therapy medicines to 1.3 million people around the world living with HIV.

Target 8.F calls for the greater use of Information and Communication Technologies in developing countries.  Under the leadership of the UNDP Office in Geneva, and in partnership with the World Bank, the Information Society Initiative for the Mediterranean helps bridge the digital divide by facilitating north-south and triangular cooperation among cities around the sea to bring the benefits of ICT to all.

Official development assistance from developed countries, 2000-2012 (current US$ billions)

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Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

1.36 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG8
  1. Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
    • Developing countries gain greater access to the markets of developed countries
    • Least developed countries benefit most from tariff reductions, especially on their agricultural products
  2. Address the special needs of least developed countries
    • Net Official development assistance (ODA), total and to the least developed countries, as percentage of OECD/DAC donors' gross national income
    • Proportion of total bilateral, sector-allocable ODA of OECD/DAC donors to basic social services (basic education, primary health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation)
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  3. Address the special needs of landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
    • Official development assistance (ODA) received in landlocked developing countries as a proportion of their gross national income
    • ODA received in small island developing States as a proportion of their gross national incomes
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  4. Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries
    • Total number of countries that have reached their HIPC decision points and number that have reached their HIPC completion points (cumulative)
    • Debt relief committed under HIPC and MDRI Initiatives
    • Debt service as a percentage of exports of goods and services
  5. In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
    • Proportion of population with access to affordable essential drugs on a sustainable basis
  6. In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications
    • Telephone lines per 100 population
    • Cellular subscribers per 100 population
    • Internet users per 100 population
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