Philippines’ MDG progress report: A mixed bag

A healthy newborn baby in a Philippine hospital. The Philippines is likely to meet MDG targets on infant and under-5 mortality. Photo by: U.N. Development Program / CC BY-NC-ND

The Philippines is on track to meet 60 percent or 21 of the 35 MDG targets by 2015, Luiza Carvalho, U.N. resident coordinator for the Philippines, said at the launch of both the 2014 Global Human Development Report and the Fifth Progress Report on the Millennium Development Goals.

For the first time, the Global Human Development Report incorporates vulnerability and resilience into its analysis. As the deadline for the MDGs nears, the underlying theme is also relevant for typhoon-prone Philippines, where “the dynamic between transient poverty and natural hazard … may impact the sustainability of poverty reduction efforts,” Carvalho noted.

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