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About the MDG Monitor and the MDGs

About the MDG Monitor

The MDG Monitor is designed as a one-stop-shop for information on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), globally and at the country level. It is intended as a tool for policymakers, development practitioners, journalists, students and others interested in learning about the Goals and tracking progress toward them.

The MDG Monitor has been created by the UN Development Programme in partnership with the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Relief Web of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Funding and in-kind support were provided by Google and Cisco.

The MDG Monitor will be continually updated as new data becomes available. Subsequent versions of the tool will also be available in multiple languages. The principal country-level data is currently available in Google Earth accessible via the MDG Monitor home page of

About the MDGs

In September 2000, the largest-ever gathering of world leaders ushered in the new millennium by adopting the Millennium Declaration. The Declaration, endorsed by 189 countries, was then translated into a roadmap setting out goals to be reached by 2015.

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) build on agreements made at United Nations conferences in the 1990s and represent commitments by all countries to reduce poverty and hunger, and to tackle ill-health, gender inequality, lack of education, lack of access to clean water and environmental degradation.

The MDGs are framed as a compact, which recognizes both the efforts that must be undertaken by developing countries, and the contribution that developed countries can make through trade, development assistance, debt relief, access to essential medicines and technology transfer.

About the data and information

The MDG Monitor showcases existing UN data. The figures presented are from the official MDG Indicators database, maintained by the UN Statistics Division, in close collaboration with agencies and organizations within and outside the UN system, including UN DESA's Statistics and Population Divisions, UNDP's Human Development Reports, and the World Bank's World Development Indicators. The complete MDG database can be accessed at .

The statistics presented are compiled by specialized agencies within their area of expertise. They are drawn from data provided by national Governments to the UN international statistical system, and usually adjusted for comparability. The availability of data needed to calculate the indicators in each country depends on the capacity of the national statistical departments to produce the necessary data and/or to report them in a timely manner to the relevant international agencies. In some instances, national Governments may have more recent statistics that have not been reported to the international statistical system; in other cases, countries do not produce the data required for the compilation of the indicators or do not report their data. When this occurs, international agencies make estimates based on data available on related variables or other methodologies. A complete description of how the estimates and adjustments are produced is contained in the metadata section of the MDG database.

The country-level "MDG Profile" narratives are based on information supplied by national Governments and UNDP country offices. Country-level assessments of progress by goal ("Very likely to be achieved", "Possible to achieve", etc.), are derived primarily from national MDG reports.

Questions about data and information, or any other aspect of the MDG Monitor, can be addressed to


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