ESCAP/ADB/UNDP assessment shows mixed regional progress towards MDGs

New Delhi (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – With very little time left to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the tripartite regional partnership on the MDGs consisting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will launch their latest assessment of regional progress towards the MDGs on 17 February 2012 in New Delhi, India.

The Asia-Pacific region has made considerable strides towards achieving the MDGs by the target year of 2015. The region is on track to halve the incidence of poverty by 2015 while it has halved the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, reduced gender disparities in education and increased forest cover.

However, even countries making rapid economic progress still lose shocking numbers of children before their fifth birthday as well as thousands of mothers who die unnecessarily in childbirth. The report reveals the many opportunities for improving health outcomes in the region and putting it on track to achieve all MDGs.

The Asia-Pacific MDG Report 2011/12, Accelerating Equitable Achievement of the MDGs: Closing the Gaps in Health and Nutrition in Asia and the Pacific will be launched during the “High-level Subregional Forum on Accelerating Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in South Asia”. Bringing together key MDG stakeholders in South Asia, including senior Government officials, representatives of NGOs, academia, the media and the private sector, as well as UN agencies and programmes and other development partners, the Forum will discuss and provide insights into practical strategies and policy recommendations to scale up the achievement of the MDGs by 2015 and beyond in South Asia - a subregion which has made significant progress on some indicators yet has fallen behind in several others, including health, nutrition, education and sanitation. The Forum, in particular, will explore ways and means to achieve, beyond 2015, those MDGs that seem out of track for 2015.

What: Launch of Asia-Pacific Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2011/12, Accelerating Equitable Achievement of the MDGs: Closing the Gaps in Health and Nutrition in Asia and the Pacific

When: 9:45-11:25, Friday 17 February 2012

Where: The Claridges Hotel, 12, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi (Venue: Maharani Hall)

Who:

► H.E. Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development and Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India
►Dr. Ajay Chhibber, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director for Asia and the Pacific
►Dr. Bindu N. Lohani, Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank
►Mr. Shun-ichi Murata, Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP

For more information about the Forum, visit: http://southwest-sro.unescap.org/