ADB supports its developing member countries in their efforts to achieve the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which range from halving extreme poverty to developing a global partnership for development.
Through a regional partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), ADB is helping raise awareness on the MDGs across Asia and the Pacific, enhance progress monitoring, improve policies, and develop institutional capacity to achieve the goals. To date, eight regional MDG reports have been produced by the partnership, the latest of which is Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda.
With less than 2 years to the MDG deadline of 2015, developing countries across the region have made considerable progress in meeting the goals, especially in reducing the number of people who are poor. Yet, several countries remain off track in three areas: hunger, health, and sanitation.
The 2012/2013 Regional MDG Report identifies issues that will remain important after 2015. These include: inequality, lack of decent and productive jobs, continuing hunger and food insecurity, gender discrimination, limited achievements in health, low-quality education, heightened vulnerability and economic insecurity, rapid demographic change, unplanned urbanization, pressure on natural resources, exposure to disasters, and rising threat of climate change.
The 2014/2015 Regional MDG Report, the last in the series, will address the oft-cited shortcoming of the MDG framework - goal 8, or the goal on international partnership for development - and deal with the question of "how" regional and global cooperation could support the implementation of a post-2015 development agenda in Asia and the Pacific.
A series of subregional advocacy workshops are being organized to disseminate the results of the 2012/2013 report and solicit views for the 2014/2015 report:
The 2014/2015 Regional MDG Report will be launched globally in April 2015 in New York. Date and place of the regional launch are yet to be announced.
See ADB's past workshops, meetings, and other activities on the Millennium Development Goals.