Millennium Development Goals

A boy sitting with his mom at the market of Sittwe, Myanmar

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have helped rally political support for global efforts to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable human development. The Asia-Pacific region as a whole has achieved considerable success with the MDGs, particularly in reducing income poverty. Nevertheless, the region is off track in several areas.

Since 2004, an ESCAP/ADB/UNDP partnership has regularly produced reports carefully tracking progress of Asia and the Pacific region towards the MDGs. Each of the reports has focused on a particular theme, such as MDG consistent national development policies or institutional reforms to make the development process fairer and more inclusive, or the impact of the food, fuel and financial crises on the likely achievement of the goals.

The latest report titled Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda is the 8th in the series building on the work of the strengthened regional partnership.