Asia-Pacific Ministers to Review Region’s MDG Progress

A young woman carries a baby on her back in a very poor village in Laos. Gender equality, child health and eradication of poverty and hunger are among the Millennium Development Goals. Photo by: Elliot Margolies / CC BY-NC-ND Elliot MargoliesCC BY-NC-ND

Representatives of 15 countries in Asia and the Pacific will meet Aug. 3-4 in Indonesia to review the region’s efforts toward attaining the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, Xinhua reports.

The special ministerial meeting, which is hosted by Indonesia’s foreign ministry, will also feature representatives from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, U.N. Development Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

The results of the meeting will be presented before the U.N. high-level MDG summit in New York on Sept. 20-22, according to Gahur Dharmaputra, the director for Economic Development and Environment Affairs at the Indonesia foreign ministry office.

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