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Asia-Pacific Regional MDG Report 2011/12

Accelerating Equitable Achievement of the MDGs - Closing Gaps in Health and Nutrition Outcomes

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Chapter 1, Taking stock of updated MDG status and trends, present the MDG progress in the Asia-Pacific region using the “traffic lights” method demonstrating the slow progress, off-track, on-track and early achiever MDG targets, highlighting the progress and challenges among countries in the region. The analysis will lead to the theme of the present report—concerns regarding inadequate progress on health-related MDG targeted. Part one of Chapter 2, Disparities in health-related MDG achievements, between and within countries Average achievements mask disparities, will contain an analysis of health-nutrition related disparities between country in levels and trends. Part two will cover within country disparities. Detailed analysis on priority issues of health, nutrition, water and sanitation will be presented highlighting disparities-inequalities between countries as well as within countries. Chapter 3, Analysis of policy approaches, will bring together the current state of play on how health related MDG targets are being addressed by countries in the region. Focus would also be on policy successes (and failures). Ground level evidence from the Asia-Pacific region, including good practices at the sub-national levels will be analyzed and highlighted for possible scale up and replication. Inputs from among UN and technical partner agencies were sought. Chapter 4, Conclusions and way forward, summarizes the main issues and recommendations for more equal MDG outcomes in the run up to 2015.

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Way forward

The Report has drawn attention to the large imbalances that prevail in MDG achievements both between and within countries. Reducing differences within countries has to be tackled mainly through domestic action. While accelerating overall progress on the MDGs, countries must therefore be mindful of the vast differences in achievement between urban and rural areas, between administrative regions, the wealthy and the poor, those with and without education, between socially privileged and excluded groups and so on. Attention must be directed at those being left behind and specific interventions devised, according to each country situation, to eliminate these imbalances. In many cases they are already threatening the stability and growth of countries.

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