Fiji on track with MDGs

The Fiji Times:

Friday, 13 November 2015

Fiji managed to achieve four of the seven Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations.

This was apart from the eighth, which deals with global partnership.

The Pacific Islands For­um Secretariat, in its re­p­ort, states this was predicated on the effective support of developed countries through a global partnership for development (MDG 8).

After PIFS released its MDG tracking report, it showed that Forum island countries made considerable progress towards achieving the goals, but challenges remained.

In its report, PIFS said most of the countries achieved universal primary education and were successful in reducing child mortality. Half of the Forum island countries improved maternal health and ensured environmental sustainability.

Many countries were able to combat major diseases such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. However, most countries faced obstacles in achieving benchmarks set for poverty and gender equality.

PIFS Secretary-General Dame Meg Taylor said the region needed to learn from the achievements of the MDG to be able to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

"Strong political leadership and commitment were the catalyst for our region's substantial progress. As we work towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we must build on these achievements and learn from our experience with the MDGs," she said.

Dame Meg said applying global goals like the MDGs at national level was difficult and many did not suit the national context.

"We need therefore to be more mindful of the many realities at play in the Pacific and ensure that the SDGs we adopt align with national and regional priorities," she said.

Fiji achieved MDG 2 on Education, MDG 4 on Child Health, MDG 5 on Maternal Health, and MDG 7 on Environment. Mixed results were recorded with other MDGs.

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