MDG8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development

girls worldwide say "we can create peace through partnerships"

Develop a Global Partnership for Development is the eighth and final Millennium Development Goal (MDG).

The Millennium Goals as a whole represent a global partnership for development. The deal makes it clear that it is the main burdens lies on poor countries to work towards achieving the first seven Goals. They must do their part to ensure greater responsibility and efficient use of resources. However, for poorer countries to achieve the first seven Goals, it is vital that richer countries deliver on their end of the bargain with more effective aid, more sustainable debt relief and fairer trade rules, well in advance of 2015.

The key aims of this goal are to achieve the following points by 2015:

  • Develop further an open trading and financial system that doesn’t discriminate. This includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction both nationally and internationally.
  • Address the least developed countries’ special needs. This includes free access for their exports; debt relief for poor countries in the worst debt; cancellation of official joint debt; and more generous official development assistance for countries committed to reduce poverty.
  • Deal with developing countries’ debt problems through national and international measures to make debt sustainable in the long term.
  • In cooperation with the developing countries, develop decent and productive work for youth.
  • Provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries.
  • In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies - especially information and communications technologies.
  • To reach Goal 8, developing countries need to be able to trade internationally under an open and fair system.
  • Those countries also need more aid from richer countries to reduce poverty, as well as help with their debts.

Are targets being met?

If we are to reach the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people living on less than one dollar a day by 2015, we must cancel all the debts of the poorest countries.

Did you know?

In 1970, 22 of the world’s richest countries pledged to spend 0.7 per cent of their national income on aid. 38 years later, only 5 countries have kept that promise.

  • 7 million children die each year as a result of the debt crisis.
  • The United Nations estimates that unfair trade rules deny poor countries US $700 billion every year.
  • Less than 0.01 per cent of this could save the sight of 30 million people

Position Statements

WAGGGS has published several position statements on issues that are relevant to girls and young women worldwide. The statements contain information on what WAGGGS has to say about the topic, background facts and case studies.

WAGGGS’ Member Organizations can find them on the Members’ Area of WAGGGS’ website or you can request them from


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