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01 October 2010 / 10:12

[Author: DESA, DGACM and DPI] MDG Report 2010: Click here

Progress towards the eight Millennium Development Goals is measured through 21 targets and 60 official indicators. Monitoring the MDGs is crucial for holding the international community to account and devising appropriate policies and interventions needed to achieve the MDGs. Statistics on MDGs are needed to promote public support and funding for development, effectively allocate aid, and assess progress.

Monitoring progress on the MDGs is an intensively collaborative effort, led by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs   (DESA). It involves twenty-seven international organizations and agencies and a group of representatives of national statistical systems, who meet every year to review the tools to compile and analyse the necessary data. These data are drawn from national statistics provided by Governments to the international statistical system and adjusted for comparability. The Statistics Division   of DESA maintains the database with all official data on MDG Indicators.

The statistics are then aggregated into regional averages and used to identify the areas where the more urgent action is needed, the more vulnerable groups to whom interventions should be directed and the policies and programmes that have produced results. Those facts will then inform the political debate on the MDGs in international fora and in countries and will help create awareness and mobilize resources.

Since periodic assessment of the MDGs began almost ten years ago, data production in countries has improved and so has the availability of international data series.  In 2003, only four countries had sufficient data to monitor about half of the indicators. By 2009, that number had increased to 118. 

The annual MDG Report and the MDG Gap Task Force Report are in high demand by the Member States and UN agencies.  The latest MDG 2010 report is available in book form at United Nations Publications    and can be ordered here   . The book is also viewable online, along with all data series, at http://mdgs.un.org  

The MDG Gap Task Force Report 2010 is also available in book form at United Nations Publications   and can be ordered here   . It is also viewable online ( Click here   ). This 2010 issue of the report identifies the implementation gaps in the commitments made under MDG 8. It provides recommendations on how to address the gaps by strengthening the global partnership for development, which ultimately supports developing countries in achieving the MDGs.

Starting this year, DESA, the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management   (DGACM) and the Department of Public Information (DPI) have “mobilized the MDGs” by producing digital book versions in new formats compatible with and available for mobile devices and e-readers including iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Nook, Sony E-book Reader, and other devices. The MDG Gap Task Force Report 2010:  The Global Partnership for Development at a Critical Juncture is the first e-book in this format available in the six official languages. It was produced by DGACM’s Copy Preparation and Proofreading Section (CPPS). 

The focus on e-books is part of the Secretariat’s ongoing “Greening the UN" initiative. This new format features rich interactive functionality.
The MDG reports can be purchased on Kindle:

MDG Report 2010: Click here to download the Kindle edition  

http://www.amazon.com/Millennium-Development-Goals-Report-ebook/dp/B003WJRH0M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1280767345&sr=1-1  

MDG Gap Task Force Report:
English   : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00439H1NS  
French    : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004478F2A  
Spanish   : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0044DF5IQ  

And on the iBookstore for iPhone and iPad   :
MDG Report 2010 :
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-millennium-development/id382918381?mt=11  
MDG GAP Task Force Report 2010: English   : http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/mdg-gap-task-force-report-2010/id394152741?mt=11  
[French and Spanish are forthcoming]

More UN Publications are already available for e-book readers: a complete list is available at https://unp.un.org/MobileApps.aspx  . In future, all UN flagship publications will be published in formats tailored for portable devices.

For further information to explore opportunities to make an existing or forthcoming UN publication available in these new formats, please contact DGACM, the Chief of CPPS, Mr. William Hamil, hamill@un.org   , 212-963-5536 or in DPI, Ms. Valentina Kalk, kalk@un.org   , 212-963-8321.