Jeffrey Sachs Names Eight 'Major Gaps' in MDG Progress

    Ahead of the high-level U.N. Millennium Development Goals summit in September, economist Jeffrey Sachs has identified eight “major gaps” that should be addressed if countries want to achieve the MDGs by 2015.

    These gaps include unmet targets in the areas of education, water and sanitation, climate financing, infrastructure, smallholder agriculture and women’s empowerment. Countries also need to scale up their goals and strategies at the local level, Sachs added according to the Commonwealth News and Information Service through All Africa.com.

    Sachs urged leaders who will attend the U.N. summit in New York next month to bring with them “agreed plans, partnerships and financing to accelerate our progress.”

    Meanwhile, the government of Qatar said the country has achieved most of the MDGs five years ahead of deadline.

    “Qatar has met most of the development goals set in 2000 thanks to the full support of the state leadership. But, it was the goals that needed a significant change in the social traditions and customs like women empowerment and gender equality which still need more time,” Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor al-Thani, head of the country’s statistics authority, said according to Gulf Times.

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