Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General


  • While there has been clear progress towards implementing the MDGs, their overall success is still far from assured
  • There has been significant progress towards the target of halving poverty by 2015: the proportion of people worldwide living on less than US $1 a day has dropped from 32% (1.25 billion) in 1990 to 19% (980 million) in 2004.
  • However, the lack any significant increase in ODA since 2004 makes it impossible, even for well-governed countries, to meet the MDGs.
  • In all regions, countries have failed to adequately address the growing problem -and wasted economic potential- of unemployed youth. The number of unemployed youth has grown from 74 million in 1996 to 86 million in 2006.

*All from the "Millenium Developement Goals Report 2007"