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Task Forces

The Millennium Project was directed by Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs. The bulk of its analytical work was carried out by ten Task Forces with support from a small secretariat team based at UNDP headquarters in New York. . The Task Forces comprised a total of more than 250 experts from around the world including: researchers and scientists; policymakers; representatives of NGOs, UN agencies, the World Bank, IMF and the private sector. All Task Force Members volunteered their time and e ach Task Force was chaired by 2-5 Task Force Coordinators who led the research effort. In January 2005 each Task Force presented its own detailed recommendations in a series of final Task Force report, all of which contributed to the UN Millennium Project's synthesis report, Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Mandate
Recommend strategies for poverty reduction and economic development, with particular emphasis on the least developed countries. As a cross-cutting task force, address the linkages between economic development and issues such as health, education, population, employment, gender equality, conflict and environmental resource management.
Coordinators
Dr. Mari E. Pangestu
Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs
Members
For a full list of members

 

Mandate
Recommend strategies for halving hunger by 2015, focusing on initiatives such as launching an African Green Revolution.
Coordinators
Dr. Pedro Sanchez
Prof. M. S. Swaminathan
Members
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Reports
Halving Hunger: It Can be Done

Mandate
Recommend a set of interventions that countries can choose from to help provide universal access to high-quality education. The Task Force was also tasked with developing an operational framework of action to promote gender equality and empower women.
Coordinators
Dr. Nancy Birdsall
Ms. Amina J. Ibrahim
Dr. Geeta Rao Gupta
Members
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Reports

Toward universal primary education: investments,
incentives, and institutions

Taking action: achieving gender equality and empowering
women

Mandate
Recommend solutions for decreasing child and maternal mortality by focusing on improving health systems.
Coordinators
Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury
Prof. Allan Rosenfield
Members
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Reports
Who's got the power? Transforming health systems for women
and children

Mandate

Recommend an operational framework for halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, and other major diseases in cooperation with pharmaceutical companies to provide access to affordable, essential drugs in developing countries.

Coordinators
Dr. Agnes Bingawaho
Dr. Jaap Broekmans
Dr. Paula Munderi
Dr. Josh Ruxin
Prof. Burton Singer
Dr. Awash Teklehaimanot
Members
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Reports
Combating AIDS in the developing world
Coming to grips with malaria in the new millennium
Investing in strategies to reverse the global incidence of TB
Prescription for healthy development: increasing access to
medicines

Mandate
Make recommendations to integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs and reverse the loss of environmental resources.
Coordinators
Ms. Yolanda Kakabadse Navarro
Dr. Jeff McNeely
Prof. Don J. Melnick
Members
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Reports
Environment and human well-being: a practical strategy

Mandate
Recommend strategies to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
Coordinators
Dr. Roberto Lenton
Dr. Albert Wright
Members
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Reports
Health, dignity, and development: what will it take?

Mandate
Recommend strategies to improve the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by focusing on slum upgrading and urban management.
Coordinators
Dr. Pietro Garau
Prof. Elliott D. Sclar
Members
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Reports
A home in the city

Mandate
Recommend a framework for an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system necessary to correct the trade imbalance and give developing countries greater economic growth potential and a more effective capacity to defeat poverty.
Coordinators
Prof. Patrick Messerlin
Dr. Ernesto Zedillo
Members
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Reports
Trade for development

Mandate
Recommend areas for policy action focusing on the use of scientific and technological knowledge and related institutional adjustments.
Coordinators
Prof. Calestous Juma
Dato' Ir Lee Yee-Cheong
Members
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Reports
Innovation: applying knowledge in development
MDG Support
UNDP

As of Jan 1, 2007, the advisory work formerly carried out by the Millennium Project secretariat team is being continued by an MDG Support team integrated under the United Nations Development Program.

Please visit MDG Support to get the latest information.
Related Information
Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals
"Investing in Development brings together the core recommendations of the UN Millennium Project. By outlining practical investment strategies and approaches to financing them, the report presents an operational framework that will allow even the poorest countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015."
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