ADB – Central Asian countries face challenges to attain MDG goals

by Lu Hui on Xinhuanet.com, 2007July 16.

2 excerpts: Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Monday countries in the Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus still need to do more in overcoming poverty and malnutrition, improving tertiary education and fighting epidemic disease of AIDS.

In a statement issued prior to a regional meeting on Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in Central Asia and Southern Caucasus, ADB said these countries’ efforts to achieve some MDGs have slowed or even regressed, although they have achieved some of the MDGs related to carbon emissions, primary education and partly also drinking water and sanitation.

But major problems remain in income poverty, malnutrition, access to tertiary education, HIV/AIDS, the environment, as well as soil and water management, said ADB …

… An MDG Forum for Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus will beheld on July 19-20 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, with the support of ADB and United Nations Development Program. About 100 high-level government officials, members of civil society, donors, media and academy from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are expected to attend the forum.

Neighboring regional cooperation countries such as China, Iran,Mongolia and Russia have been invited by ADB and UNDP as observers. (full text).

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