The present report was prepared by the MDG Gap Task Force, which was created by the Secretary-
General of the United Nations to improve the monitoring of MDG 8 by leveraging inter-agency
coordination. More than 30 United Nations entities and other organizations are represented in
the Task Force, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as the
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Trade Organization.
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat and the
United Nations Development Programme acted as lead agencies in coordinating the work of the
Task Force. The Task Force was co-chaired by Shamshad Akhtar, Assistant Secretary-General
for Economic Development, and Olav Kjørven, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the
Bureau for Development Policy of the United Nations Development Programme, and coordinated
by Pingfan Hong, Acting Director, and Keiji Inoue, Economic Affairs Officer, in the Department of
Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat.