8. Develop a global partnership for development
In licensing new biomedical products, such as Mirena (above), to pharmaceutical companies, the Population Council always includes provisions to guarantee access to the products by the poor. Photo: Population Council
- Develop further an open trading and financial system that is rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory. Includes a commitment to good governance, development, and poverty reduction—nationally and internationally
- Address the least developed countries’ special needs. This includes tariff- and quota-free access for their exports; enhanced debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries; cancellation of official bilateral debt; and more generous official development assistance for countries committed to poverty reduction
- Address the special needs of landlocked and small island developing States
- Deal comprehensively with developing countries’ debt problems through national and international measures to make debt sustainable in the long term
- In cooperation with the developing countries, develop decent and productive work for youth
- In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
- In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies—especially information and communications technologies
The United Nations identifies a number of objectives for Millennium Development Goal 8. The Population Council is notable for its efforts in cooperation with developing countries around the world to develop decent and productive work for youth. Additionally, we collaborate with the pharmaceutical companies that license our work to ensure that our pharmaceutical products are made available at low or no cost to people in developing countries. We've also partnered with other pharmaceutical companies and the government of Ghana to institute a project to provide essential drugs along with maternal and child health education for mothers.
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