The Millennium Project was an independent advisory body commissioned by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to recommend an action plan for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. The Project was directed by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University and based at the headquarters of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in New York. The bulk of the Project's work was carried out by 10 thematic Task Forces, which comprised a total of more than 250 experts from around the world including: researchers, scientists; policymakers; and representatives of NGOs, UN agencies, the World Bank, the IMF and the private sector.
The Millennium Project presented its findings to the Secretary-General in January 2005 and then continued in an advisory capacity through the end of 2006. The release of the Millennium Project's final Task Force reports and overarching synthesis report, Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals , was the first in a series of major global events in 2005 that focused on the Goals and culminated at the September UN World Summit. The year 2005 saw many historic global policy breakthroughs to help the poorest countries achieve the Goals. The Millennium Project reports provided a detailed action plan that contributed importantly to this policy progress.