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What is the Annual Ministerial Review

The Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) is a function of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) mandated by Heads of State and Government at the 2005 World Summit. Its purpose is to:

  • Assess progress made towards the MDGs and the implementation of the other goals and targets agreed at the major UN conferences and summits over the past 15 years, which, together, constitute the United Nations Development Agenda (UNDA).
  • Contribute to scaling-up and accelerating action to realize the development agenda, by serving as global high-level forum with broad-based participation, where lessons learned are exchanged and successful practices and approaches that merit scaling-up are identified.

The AMR session consists of three main elements: A global review of the United Nations development agenda, a thematic review, and a series of national voluntary presentations of both developing and developed countries on their progress in implementing internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

During roundtable discussions, presentations and a general debate participants have the opportunity to learn from leading policy makers, practitioners and academics. Participants include Member States, UN System Organizations and other major institutional stakeholders, as well as non-governmental organizations, private sector representatives and academics.

The AMR was successfully launched in 2007. The 2007 AMR, 2008 AMR, 2009 AMR and 2010 AMR focused on the eradication of poverty and hunger; sustainable development; public health; and gender, respectively. The theme for the 2011 AMR was "Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to education".

To make examples of best practices and lessons learned by NVP countries available to a broader audience, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs launched a website on “Development Strategies that Work” in July 2008.