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Local Authorities and the Millenium Development Goals
The MDGs should respond to the world’s enormous development problems. Sadly, only a couple of countries are going to achieve their MDG targets. The rest of the countries are far behind. A serious problem for the success of the MDGs is the lack of co-operation between local, national and regional actors. Many citizens, civil society organisations and local authorities find it difficult to be part of the realisation of the MDGs.
States often fail to answer to the problems and needs of the poorest. Local authorities often lack the capabilities to enforce their rights and duties. The MDGs have to solve local realities, consequently national and local MDG implementation and monitoring have to be interlinked.