UN calls for accelerated action with 1,000 days to go on Millennium Development Goals

05 Apr 2013

The United Nations and its partners are today marking the milestone of 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “The Goals have helped set global and national priorities, mobilize action, and achieve remarkable results.”

The eight time-bound MDGs address poverty and hunger, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, combatting AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability and a global partnership for development.

Since the MDGs were adopted by all UN Member States in 2000, including the Republic of Moldova, governments, international organizations and civil society groups around the world have helped make tremendous progress to improve people’s lives.

The Republic of Moldova advanced in all eight development goals. Significant progress has been made in reducing poverty, infant and maternal mortality, protecting ecosystems and increasing the use of information technologies.

There are also goals and targets which require more efforts and action. The enrollment rate in primary school has been decreasing since 2008 mainly due to the quality and access to services for the most vulnerable children. While Moldova managed to increase the share of the state-protected areas to protect biological diversity, the progress in expanding access to water and sanitation infrastructure has been quite slow. The trends in HIV incidence and tuberculosis are especially worrisome, in particular in the Transnistrian region.

Forty-five countries, including the Republic of Moldova, are now using the MDG Acceleration Framework to identify pragmatic solutions to speed up progress on lagging MDGs, and to reduce disparities in progress to date.

To build on this success and accelerate action, the Secretary-General called on the international community to: increase targeted investments in health, education, energy and sanitation; empower women and girls; focus on the most vulnerable people; keep up aid commitments; and re-energize efforts from governments to grassroots groups to make a difference.

The 1,000-day milestone is an opportunity to amplify awareness of MDG achievements and the commitment to continue global progress, including in Moldova.

“We have 1,000 days to close the gaps and accelerate action to achieve the goals”, said Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova. “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals is about making a real difference in the lives of people in Moldova. The UN will continue to work closely with all partners in Moldova to improve the wellbeing of people, in particular of the poorest and most marginalized, minorities, women and girls”.

Read full analysis of Moldova’s progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals here.

Contact Information

Alexandru Oprunenco, Policy Specialist, alexandru.oprunenco@undp.org, mob. 0691 800 58