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Where do we stand?

Official development assistance to least developed countries increased significantly over the MDG period.

Official development assistance has plateaued in recent years, after increasing significantly in the first decade of the new millennium. Imports from developing countries, especially from least developed countries, increasingly receive preferential treatment from developed countries.

Greater funding and innovation are crucial to the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

Official development assistance (ODA), from OECD-DAC countries, 2000–2013 (constant 2012 US$ billions)

Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015

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  • Official development assistance from developed countries increased by 66 percent in real terms between 2000 and 2014.
  • In 2014, 79 percent of imports from developing to developed countries were admitted duty free.
  • The proportion of external debt service to export revenue in developing countries fell from 12 percent in 2000 to 3 percent in 2013.
  • As of 2015, 95 percent of the world’s population is covered by a mobile-cellular signal.
  • Only one third of the population in the developing regions use the Internet, compared to 82 percent in the developed regions.

Read more in The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015.

UNDP's work around the globe

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  • A healthy ocean critical to fighting poverty and achieving the SDGs: UNDP at the first ever Ocean Conference
    Jun 4, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will join the historic Ocean Conference in New York this week (5-9 June) to highlight the direct link between a healthy ocean and ending poverty.

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    Nov 28, 2017

    UNDP today launched a new and ambitious blueprint for development in the 21st century at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

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