In September 2000, world leaders unanimously adopted the Millennium Development Goals, but standing against the achievements of the last 12 years is a sobering finding: no fragile or conflict-affected low-income country has achieved a single MDG.
There is an unconscious and slightly patronizing attitude out there in the world about doing our bit to help poor people with some aid. I sensed it as an eminent line up of world leaders discussed what will follow the Millennium Development Goals at Davos last week.
The Global Fund provides funds and support to the hardest-hit countries that lack the resources to address their epidemics. However, one of the largest recipients is the second largest economy in the world: China.
Hosting the world leaders that signed the Millennium Declaration in New York is certainly among the highlights of my UN career. But I worry that financial and political pressures risk making this week's MDG Review Summit a futile exercise.