Outcome of the MDG Summit

From 20-22 September, world leaders met at the United Nations in New York to discuss progress against the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to agree a global action plan to ensure they are achieved by 2015.

The eight MDGs, and targets to measure them, were agreed in 2000. They include goals and targets for halving world poverty, tackling hunger, universal enrolment in education, child health, maternal mortality, the environment and tackling HIV/AIDS. The eighth goal covers the global partnership required to achieve the goals. The target date for achieving the MDGs is 2015.

As discussed in the Commission for Africa’s latest report, Still Our Common Interest, there has been rapid progress in some African countries against some of the goals and targets. However, overall, the continent is not on track to meet them by 2015.

Leaders made considerable progress in agreeing a way forward at the Summit. In addition to the agreement of a global action plan, donors pledged $40 billion in support of the Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in recognition of the fact that this is the goal on which there has been least progress globally.

The Commission for Africa held the New York launch of its new report at the start of the Summit.

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