2 July 2012 - Three important targets on poverty, slums and water have been met three years ahead of 2015, says this year’s Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), launched today by UN Secretary‐General Ban Ki‐moon. Meeting the remaining targets, while challenging, is possible ─ but only if Governments do not waiver from their commitments made over a decade ago.

2 July 2012 - Three important targets on poverty, slums and water have been met three years ahead of 2015, says this year’s Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), launched today by UN Secretary‐General Ban Ki‐moon. Meeting the remaining targets, while challenging, is possible ─ but only if Governments do not waiver from their commitments made over a decade ago.

In his foreword to the 2012 MDG Report, Mr. Ban says that further success depends on fulfilling MDG‐8 – the global partnership for development. “The current economic crises besetting much of the developed world must not be allowed to decelerate or reverse the progress that has been made. Let us build on the successes we have achieved so far, and let us not relent until all the MDGs have been attained”, said Secretary‐General Ban.

The MDG Report says that, for the first time since poverty trends began to be monitored, both the number of people living in extreme poverty and the poverty rates have fallen in every developing region—including sub‐Saharan Africa, where rates are highest. Preliminary estimates indicate that in 2010, the share of people living on less than a $1.25 a day dropped to less than half of its 1990 value.

Essentially, this means that the MDG first target—cutting the extreme poverty rate to half its 1990 level—has been achieved at the global level, well ahead of 2015.

The MDG Report also notes another success: reaching the target of halving the proportion of people without access to improved sources of drinking water by 2010. The proportion of people using improved water sources rose from 76 per cent in 1990 to 89 per cent in 2010, translating to more than two billion people currently with access to improved sources such as piped supplies or protected wells.

The global MDGs were adapted to the Ukrainian context taking into consideration the particularities of the country`s development. They were translated into 7 priority areas, 15 specific long-term targets and 33 indicators.

Ukraine has made progress in achieving the targets set for education, maternal health and child mortality. At the same time, the poverty and gender inequality continue to be areas where progress needs to be achieved. While meeting the environmental goal is proving to be a challenge, the rapid growth of HIV infections and the spread of tuberculosis also remain critical areas in reaching the MDGs.

While it is clear that these are challenging times for all countries, and in particular for Ukraine, achieving the MDGs is possible, given an adequate level of commitment, efforts and resources. Creating effective national policies and developing capacities and ownership are essential to further empowering the people in Ukraine and improving their standards of living.

For more information please refer to: http://undp.org.ua/en/millennium-development-goals