East Timor has difficulty achieving Millennium Development Goals

18 February 2010

Manila, Philippines, 18 Feb – East Timor is the country in South East Asia with most difficulty achieving its Millennium Development Goals (MDG), according to a report from the United Nations (UN) published Wednesday in Manila.

The document entitled “Achieving Millennium Development Goals in a an era of global uncertainty” tells of the campaign’s progress in the Asia/Pacific region and assesses the impact of the current economic and financial crisis in fulfilling MDGs by evaluating 21 of the 60 official variables that make them up.

In East Timor’s regional sub-group – South East Asia – almost all the states handed in information for more than 80 percent of the indicators with the exception of two wealthy states, Brunei and Singapore and two poor states, East Timor and Myanmar (formerly Burma).

From East Timor’s information the conclusion is that the country is expected to achieve the stipulated goals before the defined date (2015) in two indicators of the seventh goal, which relates to environmental sustainability: Protected areas and carbon dioxide emissions.

Difficulties were also identified in other variables, with goals expected to be achieved after 2015. These include infant mortality and mortality of under-fives, as well as access to drinking water.

The Millennium Development Goals were defined within the framework of the UN and cover 60 indicators grouped into seven areas – famine and extreme poverty, universal education, gender equality, child health, maternal health, HIV/AIDS and environmental sustainability – to which are added others grouped under the theme of “global partnership for development.” (macauhub)