UN optimistic about MDGs targets in Asia-Pacific region

21:52, August 03, 2010      

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by Cundoko Aprilianto

The United Nations are optimistic that the Asia Pacific region could achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target by 2015 as there are now many progress seen, an official told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

Ajay Chhibber, the United Nations assistant secretary general and director of the UN Development Program's Regional Bureau for Asia-Pacific, said that it needs a concentrated effort to achieve the targets.

"Some Asian countries have already achieved the goals. For countries that still close to the achievement, I think the MDGs are achievable. For countries that still are left behind, the important thing is that they have started to achieve. For average of Asia Pacific countries, the targets are achievable," said Chhibber.

He took some countries that can be good role models.

"We have China that already achieved most of the goals, except in environment. There are also success story in Vietnam, surprisingly Nepal, Thailand and Malaysia," he said.

According to Chhibber, there are certain indicators that certain countries are doing well.

"In terms of gender, Nepal, the Philippines and Bangladesh are good examples. The Maldives, some of Pacific island countries and Polynesian countries (are also good examples)," he said.

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