Assessing Progress in Africa toward the MDGs
United Nations Development Program | September 23, 2010
This annual report assessing the progress made in meeting the Millennium Development Goals is mandated jointly by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The report shows achievement in areas including poverty reduction, increased access to safe drinking water, increased access to education and gender equality, and the stemmed spread of HIV/AIDS. However, the report also highlights Africa's generally slow progress in meeting health targets and sites continued inequalities among socioeconomic groups and classes as the primary obstacle in achieving the MDG goal of "health for all." The problem of the sustainability of MDG achievement is acknowledged to be particularly pertinent as the region faces huge energy needs to power development and industrialization in efforts to foster growth and establish more self-sufficient economies in Africa.
Citing the standstill of the Doha Round of trade negotiations as an example, the report claims that the global partnership goal of the MDGs has fallen short on its promises. Critical to funding development, the report calls for the strengthening of international partnership and review of the promises laid out in Goal 8.
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