Speeches | 28 June 2010

Advancing Innovative Development and Aid Strategies in the Asia-Pacific: Accelerating the Millennium Development Goals

Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Asia-Pacific region is mixed. Asia is generally progressing well while the Pacific is lagging behind, and in several cases countries are in fact regressing. Since the signing of the Millennium Declaration in 2000 there has been a lot of talk – many international commitments made – but achievements on the ground have been slow. Danielle Cave

  • Danielle Cave

Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Asia-Pacific region is mixed. Asia is generally progressing well while the Pacific is lagging behind, and in several cases countries are in fact regressing. Since the signing of the Millennium Declaration in 2000 there has been a lot of talk – many international commitments made – but achievements on the ground have been slow. Danielle Cave

  • Danielle Cave
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Key Findings

  • ‘A new development paradigm is urgently needed, one which embraces and includes a broader partnership base recognising the growing role of the private sector and philanthropy.’
  • The MDGs is an important framework to measure progress towards poverty reduction but it is missing factors such as inequity, empowerment, human security and economic development.
  • An over-reliance on economic growth to progress the MDGs in Asia is dangerous as equality is also critical.
  • Donors need to be mindful that MDGs are for people and not for countries.