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Lessons learned from Millennium Development Goal 8

Sonya Suter

Discussion paper, 11 pages

A strong framework to guide implementation will be critical to the success of a new global sustainable development agenda. As specific priorities for implementation are being identified, it is useful for the global community to reflect on previous efforts to enable implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 8 called for governments to “develop a global partnership for development.” Unlike the other outcome-based MDGs, Goal 8 outlined how developed countries and, to a lesser degree, the private sector could create an enabling environment conducive to reducing poverty.

The Outcome Document of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG SDG) includes Goal 17 to “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.” With agreement on the Outcome Document, discussions now will focus on the final shape of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development (GPSD) for the post-2015 period in preparation for the UN Summit in September 2015. This brief provides an overview of recent evaluations of MDG8 to inform stakeholders working on a future-fit GPSD. It is organized as follows:

Section 1 briefly reviews the origins of MDG8, the evolution of its components, and the current state of attainment.

Section 2 identifies strengths and weaknesses of MDG8 as articulated by civil society, academia, member states, and the UN system.

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