UN optimistic about MDGs targets in Asia-Pacific region (2)

21:52, August 03, 2010      

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However, he said, stories are mixed for the region because there is uneven progress in some goals.

"Some countries of the region are doing very well in achieving certain targets while some others have many problems with meeting the targets. For example, East Asia is doing better than South Asia. Pacific island is also falling behind," he said.

He said that to catch the underdevelopment, it only needs experience of the region it self.

"Some countries are doing well. So, what we can learn from them, how we cooperate each other. What is clear is that it's achievable. For those countries that are lack of progress, they could easily make progress by looking at what other countries have done and move forward," he said.

He said that more resources are also needed, consisting of role of international system, cooperation between South-South countries, more regional cooperation to support each other, among others.

"They key message we want to give is that the targets are achievable," he said, adding that it needs a concentrated effort.

"Government of regions must work closely with markets, private sector, public private partnership, civil society. They must work systematically in targeting MDGs," he said.

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