New technologies

The Millennium Development Goal Target 8.F includes a commitment, in cooperation with the private sector, to make available the benefits of new technologies. While the Target makes more general reference to ‘new technologies’, the relevant indicators measure only the penetration of information and communication technologies. It has been recognized that it is also imperative that the international community come together to better provide other key technologies to developing countries, such as those for coping with the adverse effects of climate change and with the potential impact of the rising incidence of disasters.

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The MDG Gap Task Force identifies implementation gaps in the commitments made under MDG 8 and provides recommendations to all major stakeholders on how to address these gaps. According to the MDG Gap Task Force Report 2015, the main gaps in meeting commitments on access to new technologies are:

Commitment 

Make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications technologies.

Results – Mobile telephony (2014)

120

mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in developed countries.

91

mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in developing countries

Gap

9

mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in developing countries

Results - Internet (2014)

80

Internet users per 100 inhabitants in developed countries

32

Internet users per 100 inhabitants in developing countries

Gap

46

fewer users of Internet per 100 inhabitants in developing countries