Since the adoption of the Millennium Declaration in 2000, inform about progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals has been one of the main concerns. National, regional and global reports have been produced.
At the global level, the United Nation General Secretary prepares an annual report to be presented to the General Assembly. This report is produced by the Inter-Agency Expert Group on MDG indicators (IAEG) under the leadership of the United Nations Statistics Division. It is based on data collected from international agencies.
As established in the Millennium Declaration, this report must be consulted and agreed among all the participating institutions, international agencies, civil groups and regional experts.
At present and since 2005 five global MDG reports have been published. These reports quantify the regional and global progress according to the official indicators. Additionally a signal on what is needed to achieve the MDGs by 2015 is shown. The base point is 1990 and normally data is presented for 2000 and the most recent figures.
The United Nation Regional Commissions have been in charge of coordinating the production of interagency regional reports, examining all the MDGs or focusing on specific goals. In Latin America and the Caribbean the first progress report dates from 2005. Later specific reports have been produced focusing on gender (2007), health (2008) and environmental issues (2010). Official and regional supplementary indicators are normally presented in these reports.
At the national level, country reports have been produced normally under the leadership of the Planning Departments. These institutions are normally in charge of monitoring national policies and international commitments, including the MDGs.
Latin American and the Caribbean countries have produced since 2001 a significant number of MDG progress reports, counting since 2007 thirteen new publications produced by eleven countries.
Even most countries of the region have already produced two reports; Bolivia and Argentina have published at the moment five reports each.
In addition some countries have prepared sub national MDGs evaluations, presenting additional targets and indicators according to their particular situation. The financial support of the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) has played a key role on this matter.