The present report tracks delivery on the commitments listed under Millennium Development Goal 8—the global partnership for development. Some of the indicators show progress, but efforts towards the United Nations target of allocating 0.7 per cent of gross national income to development aid have been receding in the past two years. We must reverse this trend.
An increasing proportion of exports from least developed countries entering developed-country markets on a preferential basis demonstrates some advance in international trade policy, but the Doha Development Agenda has officially been at an impasse since the end of 2011. In the case of debt sustainability, the international initiative for heavily indebted poor countries has been successfully implemented. However, a number of small island developing States needed to restructure their debt in 2012 and additional countries are at high risk of debt distress, nine of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
Access to essential medicines is insufficient. Prices remain high and dispensing facilities are not appropriately stocked. And, while access to information and communication technologies is expanding rapidly, disparities in access and costs remain high.
The picture is mixed. We can do better. The best way to prepare for the post-2015 era is to demonstrate that when the international community commits to a global partnership for development, it means it and directs its resources to where they are most needed. Let us therefore intensify our efforts in the remaining months to achieve the MDGs by 2015.
Secretary-General of the United Nations