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Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Prior to the 2015 deadline on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set at the Millennium Summit in 2000, progress is noticeable, globally, on several targets, namely: poverty, gender equality, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, and providing access to safe drinking water. However, reducing hunger, child and maternal mortality rates, and providing access to sanitation, among other sub-goals are crucial to progress on human development.
In India, while progress is noticeable in the areas of poverty reduction, child and maternal health, HIV/AIDS and polio, and gender equality, sustained efforts are needed to meet hunger, water, hygiene and sanitation targets. India has also taken a lead, among developing countries, by incorporating principles of sustainable development in country policies and programs. And private sector engagement has been critical in ensuring that the benefits of information, communications and technologies reach across communities in India.
In this context, MDG 8: Develop Global Partnership for Development enables stakeholders to collaborate and accelerate efforts on human development goals by bringing large-scale solutions across communities in India. To that end, a High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda set up by Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, recommended that multi-stakeholder partnerships be focused around women, youth, aged, disabled and indigenous peoples who are affected by poverty and exclusion.
At the India level, the 11th working Conference on Corporate Water Stewardship and Post-2015 Development Agenda was convened, in partnership with the Global Compact (UNGC) and Global Compact Network India (GCNI), in March 2013 to seek formal inputs and explore the role of businesses and corporations in advancing policy objectives around:
In addition to sharing ideas to advance the Post-2015 Development Agenda, these consultations gave rise to the India Collaboration Lab - a platform where stakeholders can commit and act on Post-2015 Development Agenda and specifically on WASH related issues.
The India Collaboration Lab is a designed as a platform to convene public and private stakeholders to identify and design initiatives to scale innovations in WASH, health, education and agriculture sectors in India. It also enables stakeholders to commit to Post-2015 Development Agenda and turn these commitments into actions.
The objectives of the Collaboration Lab include:
 According to the End Poverty 2015 Millennium Campaign, poverty rates have dropped from 47% to 22%, as of 2010, despite population growth. However, 850 million people still continue to live in poverty across the globe.
 Source: End Poverty 2015 Millennium Campaign.
 Source: Business Standard, October 30th, 2013 “India may not fully achieve MDGs by 2015: Report”
 India struggles hard to overcome its water, hygiene and sanitation issues. Although it has shown positive results, the progress is painfully slow. 41% of world’s poor still live below USD 2 a day, only 25% of Indian households have access to quality drinking water at home (through pipelines) with 128 million lack access to safe water, 21% of communicable diseases are due to unsafe water. Diarrhea alone causes 1600 deaths daily. 839 million have no sanitation services.