Part IV: Definitions

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This part contains the definitions of the indicators for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and regional tables. The definitions are taken mostly from the Asian Development Bank's Development Indicators Reference Manual, including websites and publications of international and private organizations such as:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • International Road Federation (IRF)
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Transparency International
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • United Nations Population Division (UNPD)
  • United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
  • World Bank
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • and World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

The indicators for the MDGs are arranged according to their respective goals and targets before they are defined, while the indicators for the regional tables are grouped according to their themes and subtopics before they are defined. In many instances, the indicators themselves, rather than their growth rates or ratios to another indicator, are defined.