Asia-Pacific faces tough challenges in achieving MDGs: Indonesian VP

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Indonesia's Vice President Boediono said on Tuesday that Asia-Pacific is still facing tough challenges in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

In his opening remarks of the Special Ministerial Meeting for Millennium Development Goals Review in Asia and the Pacific: Run Up to 2015, Boediono said that there is an extreme poverty in the Southeast Asia and hunger among children in South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Besides, he said, there is a gap in accessing basic education in the Asia Pacific and low level of children finishing their basic education in South and Southeast Asia.

Boediono also said that gender imbalance still occurs in the regions.

Meanwhile, he said, mother and infant mortality rate is still high in Southeast Asia.

Another challenge is that HIV rate is still high in sub-region of North Asia and Central Asia.

He added that a problem that must be urgently addressed is low level of forest coverage in Asia.

"Many countries keep losing their forest coverage in a dangerous level. This could increase the risk of climate change that hikes risk of food crisis," said Boediono.

He said that there are several targets that Indonesia is optimistic to achieve.

"We are optimistic to reduce proportion of population who live with income less than 1 U.S. dollar per day," he said.

He added that Indonesia is optimistic that every child could gain basic education while gender imbalance and risk of infant mortality could be reduced significantly.

However, he said, Indonesia needs to make special efforts in certain areas such as high level of mother mortality and loss of forest coverage.

Source: Xinhua


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