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Asia-Pacific Ministers Pledge More Priority For Health

News Release | 23 June 2005

TOKYO, JAPAN (23 June 2005) - Health and development leaders from 24 countries in Asia and the Pacific closed a two-day forum in Tokyo yesterday with pledges to place health higher on the development agenda.

The High-level Forum on Health MDGs in Asia and the Pacific, hosted by the Government of Japan in cooperation

TOKYO, JAPAN (23 June 2005) - Health and development leaders from 24 countries in Asia and the Pacific closed a two-day forum in Tokyo yesterday with pledges to place health higher on the development agenda.

The High-level Forum on Health MDGs in Asia and the Pacific, hosted by the Government of Japan in cooperation with ADB, the World Bank, and World Health Organization, was held to accelerate progress in the region on the United Nations' millennium development goals (MDGs) on health. The MDGs were drawn up in 2000 as part of a roadmap to halve poverty by 2015.

Participants, which included 15 ministers and vice-ministers as well as policymakers, recognized the need for greater investment, partnerships and focus on health.