The Millennium Development Goals Eight Goals for 2015

The Pacific’s progress on the MDGs

In June 2013, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) leaders reconfirmed that accelerating the achievement of the MDGs was one of the priorities for the region during the SIDS regional meeting in Fiji. Earlier in 2011 in a joint statement of the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon and the Pacific Forum Leaders said that they had “discussed ways of enhancing the work of the United Nations system in the region to support these efforts, including the possibility of utilizing the MDG Acceleration Framework to help identify national priorities for action in each Pacific island country.”

While there has been important progress made on many of the Millennium Development Goals worldwide, as well as in the Pacific, it is evident that progress has been uneven and significant gaps appear. There have also been a series of setbacks due to the global economic crises and natural disasters that have hit several countries in the region. Unless focused action is taken, many of the MDG targets are expected to be missed in the Pacific. 

For all Pacific Island countries, there is a lack of comprehensive data on all the MDGs indicators, and where data is available, there are concerns about the quality of the data.
Countries in the Melanesian region (excluding Papua New Guinea) register off track or mixed progress on most of the goals, however, both Fiji and Vanuatu are on track towards reducing child mortality (MDG 4) and have displayed a slightly positive progress in promoting gender equality and empower women.

Polynesia’s progress is comparatively better than the other sub-regions, as it is on track to achieve four of the goals – achieving universal primary education, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and ensuring environmental sustainability. In contrast, Micronesia is off track on the poverty goal, with mixed progress noted on the other MDGs.

Cook Islands and Niue are the only countries on track to achieve the MDGs. Other countries with notable progress are Fiji, Palau, Samoa and Tonga as they are not ‘off track’ on any goal, recording either ‘on track’ or ‘mixed’ progress. Apart from PNG, other countries not performing well are Solomon Islands and Kiribati. They have not recorded ‘on track’ for any goal, scoring either ‘off track’ or ‘mixed’.

Sources: 2012 MDGs Pacific Regional Tracking Report.

UNDP’s Leadership on the MDGs

UNDP strives to support the Pacific by coordinating United Nations activities at country level and through direct policy in poverty reduction and attainment of the MDGs. Reliance on aid, commodities, remittances and tourism revenues makes the countries particularly vulnerable to the global financial crisis, which is felt both by governments and households. Partnering with governments and donors, UNDP will seek to contain or avoid further setbacks for human development and the achievement of the MDGs.

In the Pacific, UNDP supports Pacific Island countries towards achieving the MDGs through:

  • Measure the incidence of Basic needs Poverty.
  • Strengthening MDGs monitoring systems such as the Pacific Regional MDG database and the Fiji Government MDGs database.
  • Formulating National MDG Reports to track MDG progress at the national level and inform appropriate policy responses.
  • Mainstreaming the MDGs into National Sustainable Development Strategies and national and sector M&E Frameworks for the sustainable achievement of the MDGs.
  • Promote South-South cooperation amongst Pacific Island countries to share best practices on national policies and programmes to accelerate MDG targets that are off track.
  • Developing MDG acceleration frameworks for Pacific Island countries focusing on specific MDG targets that are off track but have the potential to make significant progress with the appropriate interventions in place and with strong political and community commitment.
  • Support equitable economic growth through mainstreaming trade into sector development plans and policies.  
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Millennium Development Goals and Status Report 2010 of Federated States of Micronesia

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