What will it take to achieve the Millennium Goals? An international assessment

Based on a review of 50 country studies, this review by UNDP finds that the resources and know-how necessary to achieve the MDGs exist. Acceleration of progress over the next five years (2010-2015) will need to focus on continuing proven strategies, policies and interventions and making a radical break with those that do not work.

The Assessment finds that there have been noticeable reductions in poverty globally. Significant improvements have been made in enrolment and gender parity in schools. Progress is evident in reducing child and maternal mortality; increasing HIV treatments and ensuring environmental sustainability.

MDG progress is threatened by the combination of high food prices and the impact of the international financial and economic crisis. Economic growth declined in many countries, along with a reduction in foreign direct investment, remittances, as well as a fall in exports and tourist numbers, which led to significant job losses. Sustained poverty and hunger reduction is at risk because of vulnerability to climate change, particularly in the area of agricultural production. Rapid urbanization and growth in slum dwellings are putting pressure on social services.

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