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Millennium Campaign
Other UN-Led MDG Campaigns
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Reporting
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UN Agencies & Programmes

- In Larger Freedom -- Towards Security, Development and Human Rights for All (Report by the Secretary-General for Heads of State and Government for September 2005) more

 
 

The UN has established a three-pillar strategy as part of its support to help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The three main areas of this framework are: campaigning, country reporting, and a research project.


Millennium Campaign

The role of the Millennium campaign represents the main gateway through which the United Nations is mobilizing people and raising awareness for the Millennium Development Goals. Outside the Millennium Campaign, the UN has led and supported other campaigns (link: Other UN-Led MDG Campaigns) aimed at involving governments, citizens, volunteers, etc. --more


Millennium Project

The UN has set up a special initiative, entitled the Millennium Project, mandated to identify the operational priorities, organizational means of implementation, and financing structures necessary to achieve the MDGs. The Millennium Project was designed to contribute to the policy dialogue between partners and cultivate a shift from the aspirational to the practical measures required to make headway towards the MDGs. The analysis produced by the Project is also expected to serve as a platform for campaign messages. --more


Reporting

The United Nations Development Group (UNDG), led by UNDP has developed a country level reporting system for developing as well as donor countries. These reports are to act as vehicles to mobilize national populations in support of the Goals.In addition, international reporting mechanisms have been set up to monitor the progress relating to the implementation of the MDGs. This international reporting is undertaken by the UN Secretary-General who presents annual reports to the General Assembly. More general reporting activities have also been organized by such bodies as the World Bank. --see the reports

 


Millennium +5 Summit

In September 2005, the United Nations will hold a high level plenary meeting -- also referred to as a summit -- to review the implementation of the Millennium Declaration (2000), and the integrated follow-up to the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields. Member States at the summit will also deliberate the Secretary-General’s report – expected to be released in March 2005 – on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and issues of peace and security, as well as UN reform. --more

- New Website : Informal Hearings of the General Assembly with Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and the Private Sector (31 May 2005)
visit

- NGO Response to SG's Report on modalities for 2005 Millennium Summit


UN Programmes and Agencies

UN Agencies have become very active in supporting the MDGs. In pursuing the MDGs through their respective area of expertise - women's issues, health, children, trade, finance, etc. - agencies and programmes have added and complemented to the work of the campaign, reporting processes and research project. --more

 



Millennium Campaign

The Millennium Campaign was initiated in late 2002, as part of the core MDG strategy of the UN in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. The campaign aims to raise awareness and build political will for the achievement of the MDGs, while encouraging citizens to take action to hold their own governments to account for their Millennium pledges.

In its efforts to inspire a global movement for the MDGs, the Millennium Campaign encourages and supports existing campaigns, initiatives, and people's movements working at the regional and national levels to hold governments to account for their promises in the Millennium Development Goals. However different the backgrounds of these groups and actors may be, they are increasingly uniting in the common mission of achieving the Millennium Goals. The Millennium Campaign serves as a provider of information and facilitator for networking groups that are campaigning together for the MDGs.

As the UN heads into 2005, the Campaign is gathering momentum and bringing a palpable sense of urgency to the Millennium Development Goals. Register to the Millennium Campaign Newsletter to get up-to-date information on the Campaign’s activities at the local, national, regional and international levels.

The Millennium Campaign website provides a platform for independent campaigns to inform a large audience about their work and encourage people to join them in making the millennium goals a reality. The Millennium Campaign actively encourages actors from civil society, the media, schools, universities, etc. to share their events, achievements, messages, materials and news via the website.

One of the major global initiatives currently on the radar screen of the Millennium Campaign is the Action Rights Week "New". Organised by the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (G-CAP), the Action Rights Week is an international week of action to show global solidarity in the fight against poverty and injustice by demanding basic human rights for all. Some examples of action include holding a protest or musical performance; forming a human chain ; designing a T-shirt; handing out educational pamphlets; lobbying for a newspaper supplement; creating posters, banners, stickers; and recruiting opinion formers and makers as ambassadors.

UN's Millennium Campaign calls upon broadcasters to play a bigger role in ending world poverty - Only With Your Voice.



Other campaigns:

Civil Society Campaigns

National Campaigns

 



Other UN-Led MDG Campaigns

In addition to the Millennium Campaign, other campaigns have been led or supported by the UN system. Many of these campaigns have taken place at the national level assisted by UN Country Teams through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Other UN agencies have also initiated projects within their own direct constituencies. For the most part, these UN led campaigns have involved governments, but also citizens, including athletes, celebrities, political leaders, religious leaders, writers, intellectuals, etc.

A prime example of UN agencies taking action on the MDGs is the United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV), which in addition to mobilizing volunteers on-site and online, is advocating to channel the ingenuity, solidarity and creativity of volunteers around the world to achieve the MDGs by 2015. To learn more, please visit:

- UN Volunteers and the Millennium Development Goals
more

- Volunteers and the Millennium Development Goals
Produced in partnership with the World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS), UN Volunteers and the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE)
more

- UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, UNAIDS : Declaration of the Pacific Youth Summit for MDGs - more

 



Millennium Project

The UN has set up a special initiative, entitled the Millennium Project, mandated to identify the operational priorities, organizational means of implementation, and financing structures necessary to achieve the MDGs.

Directed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, who serves as Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals, the Millennium Project is comprised of ten thematically-orientated task forces designed to produce the bulk of the research on the MDGs. They are comprised of representatives from academia, the public and private sectors, civil society organizations, and UN agencies. The 15-20 members of each task force have been selected on the basis of their technical expertise and practical experience.

Through its task forces, the Millennium Project released 10 interim reports, available on the Project website. Collating the findings from each of these interim reports, the Millennium Project presented, in January 2005, its final report, entitled: "Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals" to the Secretary-General. Among other things, the report calls for a overhaul of the international development system, which it broadly found to be unfocused and inefficient. Only about 30 cents of each dollar of international aid actually reaches on the ground investment programmes in poor countries aimed at extreme poverty, hunger and disease, the Project’s research showed. The report also identified "quick wins" that governments should undertake in the short term to save millions of lives at a modest cost. Some of these "quick wins" include: free school meals, diesel or solar power generators for hospitals, malaria bed nets, etc.

The following are links to the Millennium Project and its different initiatives:

- Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (January 2005)
more

- The Millennium Project Website
more

- The Ten Task Forces of the Millennium Project (Background Papers and Reports)
more

- Millennium Project Needs Assessment Methodology (Report)
more

- Millennium Development Compact (Report)
more




Reporting

The reporting tied to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals is conducted at both an international and national level. At a country-level , MDG reports (MDGRs) provide a systematic and identifiable follow-up to the global conferences and world summits of the 1990s as well as to the Millennium Development Goals. UNDP, in its capacity as chair of the UN Development Group, co-ordinates support for preparing these reports, which are submitted by individual member-states. At the global level , the Secretary-General reports annually to the General Assembly on progress towards a sub-set of the MDGs.

Additional reporting exercises and country studies on the progress of implementation of the MDGs have also emerged outside these two official levels of monitoring. These reports have been produced by UN regional bodies and UN agencies and programmes .



Secretary-General's Reports:

- In Larger Freedom -- Towards Security, Development and Human Rights for All (Report by the Secretary-General for Heads of State and Government for September 2005)
more

- Secretary General report on Millennium Summit + 5 (October 2004)
more

- Implementation of Millennium Declaration (August 2004)
more
Press Release on the report: UN Finds Progress on World Anti-Poverty Goals, But Crisis Remains

- Implementation of Millennium Declaration (September 2003)
more

- Implementation of Millennium Declaration (September 2002)
more

- Implementation of Millennium Declaration (July 2002)
more

- Road Map Towards the Implementation of the Millennium Declaration (September 2001)
more

- 'We the Peoples' - The Role of the United Nations in the 21st Century
more



Reporting by the International System:

International Organization of Migration (IOM)

- Guatemala: Measuring the Work Towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals
more

United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) & World Health Organization (WHO)

- Meeting the MDG Drinking Water & Sanitation Targets: A Mid-Term Assessment of Progress
more

United Nations Department of Public Information / UN Statistics Division

- Status report prepared by 25 UN agencies and international organizations on reaching the MDGs (June 2005)
more (2.01 Mb PDF file)

- Millennium Development Goals: Status 2004 (Progress Chart for All Regions)
(August 2004)
more

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

- Voices of the Least Developed Countries of Asia and the Pacific: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals Through a Global Partnership (August 2005)
more

- Country Progress Towards the Goals (2002)
Ranking 1
Ranking 2

Civil Society Division of the UNDP

- UN MDGs: A Resource Sheet - Perspectives from International Institutions and Civil Society (September 2005) (PDF file 2 Mega) more

- CSO Perspectives on the Millennium Development Goals(2005)
more

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

- Education for All - Global Monitoring Report 2004-2005
more

- Education for All - Global Monitoring Report 2003-2004
more

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS -- UNAIDS

- 2004 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic: 4th Global Report (July 2004)
more

UNIFEM, UNDP, ILO

- Progress of The World's Women 2005 (August 2005)
more (PDF file 1.5Mb)

World Bank Group

- Global Monitoring Report 2005
more

- Global Monitoring Report 2004: Policies and Actions for Achieving the MDGs and Related Outcomes
more

- Getting Serious About Meeting the Millennium Development Goals: A Comprehensive Development Framework Progress Report (2003)
more

- Various papers and reports on World Bank website
more

World Health Organization

- Health in the Millennium Development Goals - September 2005
more





Millennium +5 Summit

In 2004, under Resolution A/RES/58/291, the General Assembly decided to convene, in New York in 2005, a high-level meeting of the Assembly, in which Heads of State and Government would take part.

In preparation for this high-level meeting, the Secretary-General released a report, in October 2004, on the event’s modalities, format and organization. The report recommends, among other things, a three-day event taking place at the commencement of the 60th session of the General Assembly in September 2005. Following a similar format to the first Millennium Summit in 2000, the high-level meeting would consist in a combination of plenary meetings and interactive roundtables. The Secretary-General also recommended that Member States develop an open and inclusive preparatory process that delivers consensus and results for the summit. For the process to be efficient and flexible, it was suggested that the preparatory meetings make use of existing conferences and meetings, such as the High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development.

The Millennium +5 Summit is expected to undertake a comprehensive review of the progress made towards the commitments articulated in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, including the internationally agreed development goals and the global partnership required for their achievement. In addition, the event will review the progress made in the integrated and coordinated implementation of the outcomes and commitments of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields.

The summit will also draw on issues of peace and security, more specifically the findings of the High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change – established by the Secretary-General in early 2004. The report of this panel will be released in December 2004.

The 59th General Assembly, currently in session, will be making a final decision on the format and structure of Millennium+5 Summit in the coming months.

For the latest developments on the Millennium +5 Summit and its preparatory process, please register to our Millennium +5 Listserv.


- New Website : Informal Hearings of the General Assembly with Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and the Private Sector (31 May 2005)
visit

NGO Response to SG's Report on modalities for 2005 Millennium Summit





UN Agencies & Programmes

This is a comprehensive list of United Nations agencies and programmes that are promoting, reporting and researching the Millennium Development Goals. Many of these sites specifically relate to the MDGs, while others focus on one of the eight Goals or the cross-cutting issues. (Listed in alphabetical order)


United Nations Agencies, Programmes, and Funds:

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Islands Developing States (OHRLLS)

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations' Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

United Nations Development Group (UNDG)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

United Nations' Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV)


Specialized Agencies:

Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

International Labor Organization (ILO)

International Monetary Fund

United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
(Also visit UNESCO's Water Portal)

World Bank Group

World Food Programme (WFP)

World Health Organization (WHO)



Regional Commissions:

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)


Others:

Gender Equality & The MDGs - MDGender.net

Commission on Sustainable Development

Financing For Development Secretariat (FFD)

United Nations Inter-Agency Group on Indigenous Issues - Indigenous Peoples and the Millennium Development Goals ( September 2004)


 

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Country Reporting

Jan Vandemoortele
Group Leader,

UNDP1 UN Plaza,
Room DC1-2040
New York NY 10017, USA
Tel. +1-212/906 5862
Fax +1-212/906 5857

jan.vandemoortele@undp.org

 

 

 

For country-level
reporting on the MDGs:

Country Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For additional research material on the MDGs:

Country-Regional Studies & Strategies

International Organizations
& Academia

Millennium Research
Project