Asia-Pacific region remains off-track in meeting hunger, health and sanitation MDGs – report

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Zero poverty, better quality education and accountable government top the agenda for Asia and the Pacific as countries look to the future and their "unfinished business" with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

A new UN report notes that while the Asia-Pacific region has made progress in pulling millions out of poverty, it remains off track in such basic areas as hunger, health and sanitation.

The latest assessment of regional progress towards the MDGs, 'Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda’ is a clear picture of how far the region has come, and serves as a stark wake-up call for what lies ahead.

The report is jointly published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asian Development Bank.

ESCAP’s Executive Secretary Dr. Noeleen Heyzer said "Despite remarkable improvements in the lives of millions, progress has been uneven, and we need to accelerate the MDGs achievement until we live in a world free of extreme poverty and discrimination." She added, "Inclusive growth and greater access to social services for the poor and the most disadvantaged will be necessary to overcome rising regional inequalities in income and in access to services. Countries in the region need to create more decent and productive jobs and expand social protection."

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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