Will Asia meet its MDGs?

World leaders will gather in New York in September to assess progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) they set five years ago. When they look to Asia and the Pacific the picture will be mixed. World leaders will gather in New York in September to assess progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) they set five years ago. When they look to Asia and the Pacific the picture will be mixed. The Asian Development Bank on Monday said the region is on track to reduce poverty by half – the first of the MDGs.

A bank statement said it is tempting to assume this significant success means Asia will soon achieve the vision of a region free of poverty.

”But every day, the people of Asia and the Pacific are confronted by a different reality,” the statement said.

ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda was quoted in the statement saying “The absolute scale of deprivation of the poor in Asia-Pacific clearly indicates that the world cannot achieve the MDGs if the region’s poor are neglected.”

Every day in Asia, hundreds of women succumb to complications in pregnancy and childbirth while thousands of children die from hunger, disease, and lack of medical care, the ADB said.

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