China regarded role model of achieving Millennium Development Goals

12:59, August 04, 2010      

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China won plaudit for accomplishing almost all of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) except environmental target.

Ajjay Chhibber, the United Nations assistant secretary general and director of the U.N. Development Program's Regional Bureau for Asia-Pacific, dubbed China as the biggest role model of countries in achieving the MDGs.

"That's why I call China the champion of the Millennium Development Goals," he said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua recently.

"In reducing poverty, China is the fastest in the world," he said, referring to the UN data showing that since 1990, poverty, especially absolute poverty in rural areas, has been greatly reduced and now it achieved the target of halving the number of poor people from the 1990 figure of 85 million.

By 2015, poverty rate in the country is expected to fall to around five percent, according to the UN data.

Chhibber said that although the country has not yet met the environmental target in MDGs, it is now starting to shift towards renewable energy.

"It is now investing in solar energy and low carbon ones. The country is encouraging green technology which is very important for the country to achieve the environmental target," he said, adding that Chinese are conscious of their weakness in meeting environmental target.

However, he added, in other fields, the country managed to achieve the goals successfully, such as health and access to clean water and primary education.

The data also showed that mortality rate of children under five dropped from 61 per 1,000 births in 1991 to 25 in 2004. The maternal mortality ratio has dropped from 89 per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 51.3 in 2003.



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