Fall 2010, Issue#24
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Millennium Development Goals – Summit 2010
United Nations, New York City - 20-22 September 2010
Where are we now?
Project director: Bircan ÜNVER,
Main Representative of The Light Millennium to the
Department of Public Information of the United Nations
Prepared by: Sirin CENGIZALP, Project Assistant, The Light Millennium.

Countries included in this section: mdgs2015
This project adopted from the Millennium Development Goals - Summit 2010

• During the years of independent development Uzbekistan, the gross domestic product grew for 3.5 times and in per capita – for 2.5 times, the average salary – for 14 times. The expenditures of the state for social sphere and social protection have grown for more than 5 times. Annually, over 50 percent of the State budget is channeled to the social sphere.
• At the moment, provision of the population with pure drinking water reached 82.5 percent and natural gas – 83.5 percent. The resolute steps have been made to radically reform and develop the healthcare system, liquidate and considerably reduce the gravest infectious diseases.
• Despite the serious impact of the global financial and economic crisis, Uzbekistan among few states in the world maintains stably high growth rates of economy and a reliable financial and banking system.
• In Uzbekistan the annual expenditures for education make up 10-12 percent of the GDP, while this indicator does not exceed 3-5 percent in the world practice. The unique National program for personnel training has been implemented in the country. From 2009 mandatory 12-year education was introduced.

• In order to increase food production Government is providing agricultural inputs, such as tractors, seeds and fertilizers to our farmers.
• The Nation is also working towards the diversification of agricultural exports and access to new markets.
• On this note, I am pleased to inform this plenary that the Kingdom has started the rollout of free primary education.

• Nigeria has since 2000 mainstreamed MDG-related programs and interventions as part of our periodic development planning and budgeting process. This was given a further boost with Nigeria’s negotiation of debt relief, with the gains directly targeted, since 2005, on MDGs-related activities across relevant sectors of our economy. The MDGs have been fully integrated into medium and long term national development strategies. The Government also introduced innovative initiatives to reduce poverty and improve public service performance in pioneering schemes such as the Virtual Poverty Fund that tags and tracks funds allocated to poverty reduction from debt relief, compulsory free basic education, Conditional Cash Transfer to the vulnerable for social protection, as well as the Conditional Grant Scheme through federal grants to support MDGs investment by states and local governments. These are all in the determination to achieve the MDGs and also to place Nigeria among the top 20 economies of the world by 2020.
• We have recorded a sustained growth in the economy, with real GDP growth rate averaging 6.5% in the last five years. The recent improvement in agricultural yields is also impacting on the proportion of underweight children, from 35.7% in 1990 to 23.1% in 2008.

• We have strengthened the monitoring and active vigilance at the community level of cases of malnutrition in order to improve our capacity to detect them and achieve an early intervention.

• In Jordan, partnership, public and private, has long been part of development success. We have integrated the millennium goals into our national strategy of structural reform, sustainable economic growth, and sound development. We have worked not only to scale up development efforts, but also to scale out expanding participation, and taking advantage of synergies in many fields. Today, due to the work of thousands of Jordanians in schools, in health care, in communities across the country we are in the process of achieving many of our millennium goals.


• Montenegro is today, just as it was then, firmly resolved to act vigorously and continuously towards carrying out the commitments, as well as to lend support for strengthening coordination of the relevant entities at a global level.

• Over the past ten years Montenegro has made considerable headways in the fields of economic stability and legislative reform adopting strategic and planning documents and policies harmonized with policy and legislative requirements of the European Union and international conventions. The Platform for achieving Millennium Development Goals has been put in place by adopting a National Strategy of Sustainable Development in 2007, which defines the economic, social, environmental, ethical and cultural vision of Montenegro's development based on the globally accepted principles of sustainable development of the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Declaration and the Plan of Implementation. With a view to ensuring an integrated implementation of development policies as early as in 2002 Montenegro established a National Council for Sustainable Development.


• Moldova reached notable achievements in reducing poverty amid severe economic crisis. The Government succeeded to halt the increase of extreme and absolute poverty and even reverse the trend, through the efficient introduction and expansion of the needs-based social aid programme, increase of the accessibility to mandatory health insurance for most vulnerable. Our country has succeeded in reducing infant and maternal mortality, and is advancing in terms of penetration level of information technologies. We achieved positive results in gender mainstreaming, combating trafficking in persons and domestic violence as well as women representation in decision making.


• MDGS targets are fully integrated into Nepal’s development policies and programs. While variations exist at disaggregated level, Nepal is on the right track with good progress in meeting some of the targets in MDG 1,4,5 and 7. Accelerated efforts will be required to achieve some of the targets in MDG 2 and 3. But, we confront significant challenges in meeting the targets of full and productive employment and decent work for all, universal access to reproductive health, sustainable access to improved sanitation and some other key targets under MDG 7.

• Some of our successful national programs include, partnership for poverty eradication, community management of schools and forests; education related incentives for girl children and children from poor, marginalized and disadvantaged communities; adult literacy campaigns; provisions of social security; targeted development programs, immunization and maternal health related programs and progressive realization of the rights of women, including right to reproductive health.


• In Thailand, we have conducted pilot projects to follow up on the achievement of the MDGs at the provincial level to ensure that the benefits from development can be distributed fairly in the community.

• The Royal Thai Government considers people as the most important and valuable national resource. This is why we have focused our development agenda on human security and human development.

• On human security, we have implemented several social policies, including social safety nets and public health policy to ensure people greater access to social security services and health care coverage.


• In Colombia, the Millennium Development Goals constitute an essential part
of social and development policies. We have integrated the MDGs into our strategies for poverty reduction and promotion of equality.

• Colombia is one of the three countries chosen to present the progress made
on the accomplishment of the MDGs at the UNDP special activity related to Acceleration Frameworks, in the context of this Summit.


• We have adopted the MDGs as our primary national development goals and integrated them in our development plans.
• We introduced ambitious and comprehensive social welfare programs to improve living standards of vulnerable segments of our society.
• We are on track towards reaching the hundred percent primary school enrollment ratio, thanks to the direct payments given to mothers to promote the enrollment of girls to school.
• We recorded significant progress on maternal and child health by implementing free pre-maternal health check-ups and compulsory vaccination programs.
• We also granted extensive scholarship programs to students with limited financial means, in all levels of education.
• We took all measures to contain HIV and provided access to treatment for those who need it.
• In recent years, more than five hundred thousand new houses have been built by the state-owned Housing Development Administration.
• Comprehensive measures and important policies have been introduced for environmental sustainability. Our EU accession process is also an important driving force in this regard.
• As part of our commitment to the MDG agenda, we hosted a regional review meeting in Istanbul last June, in cooperation with UNDP and UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe).
• Our Official Development Assistance (ODA) is also increasing. With the contribution of Turkish NGOs, our overall development assistance exceeds one and a half billion Dollars annually.


* In Greece, we are dealing with more than simply a sovereign debt crisis. The world is not dealing simply with a financial crisis We in Greece - and all of us - face fundamental challenges: to revitalize our democracies, to redefine what we mean by 'quality of life', to change our consumption patterns in order to stimulate clean, green growth around the world. In Greece, we have launched radical reforms to make our government more transparent, our institutions more efficient, and our economy more competitive. We are delivering these changes with our citizens, not in spite of them.

This project adopted from the Millennium Development Goals - Summit 2010

Project director: Bircan ÜNVER,
Main Representative of The Light Millennium to the
Department of Public Information of the United Nations
Prepared by: Sirin CENGIZALP, Project Assistant, The Light Millennium.


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