ADB fears many in Asia-Pacific will miss MDGs

Unless governments act sooner, many Asia-Pacific nations will not meet the Millennium Development Goals on universal primary education and basic health care, according to the Asian Development Bank. ADB Chief Economist Ifzal Ali said “without a concerted effort to reach the poor, Asia cannot - and will not - attain the health and education-related MDGs.” The ADB, in its publication Key Indicators, noted the extensive primary school enrollment deficiencies in Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Nepal and Papua New Guinea, and the high child malnutrition levels in Indonesia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. (Source: Many Asian Countries Won’t Meet UN Goals For Children-ADB/The Associated Press)

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