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Vietnam attends Asia-Pacific ministerial meeting on MDGs

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Vietnam attends Asia-Pacific ministerial meeting on MDGs

QĐND – Thursday, August 05, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has voiced the need to have regional and international peace and security for each country with self-mastery in formulating its own development plan and promoting international cooperation effectively to step up the implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The statement was made by Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at a special Asia-Pacific ministerial meeting on MDGs held in Jakarta , Indonesia , on August 3-4.

The meeting brought together 50 delegations from countries and territories inside and outside Asia-Pacific, including UN leaders and representatives of international organisations, to review the achievement of MDGs, sum up successful lessons, renew pledges and work out measures to boost MDGs productivity.

Mr Minh reported Vietnam’s achievements in implementing MDGs, attributing these to the government’s integration of MDGs in the national development strategy, its mobilization of the people, as well as taking advantage of international cooperation in other fields.

The participants adopted the Jakarta Declaration, in which they highlighted good experiences for boosting the implementation of MDGs in the region and the world, including a lesson on enhancing the cooperation model between the UN, the host country and donors as shown to be effective in Vietnam within the framework of one UN initiative.

They agreed that the Asia-Pacific region has recorded many MDG achievements, including reducing the number of poor by nearly 50 percent from 1990, enabling 90 percent of children of school age to attend school, promoting gender equality, and mitigating the spread of HIV/AIDS and other contagious diseases.

However, the region is still facing other challenges due to uneven MDG achievements between countries and even within countries. About 900 million people are still living under the poverty line, more than 60 percent of the regional population do not have access to clean water, and the environment is degrading.

They estimated that the entire Asia-Pacific region will need around US$1,000 billion for achieving all MDGs from now to 2015.

Source: VOVNews/VNA

Source: QDND

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