South Asia Off-Track on Poverty Reduction Targets – UN Official

    East and Southeast Asia are on track to halve extreme poverty by the 2015 international deadline, but South Asia is lagging behind schedule, according to a United Nations official.

    Countries in South Asia are at risk of missing the Millennium Development goals on poverty and hunger, U.N. Undersecretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang told participants of an MDG review conference in Indonesia.

    Ministers from several Asia-Pacific countries gathered Aug. 2 in Jakarta, Indonesia, to review and discuss the region’s progress in meeting the MDGs, as Devex reported. The outcome of the meeting is expected to be presented during the high-level MDG session in New York in September.

    “The sharpest reductions in poverty worldwide continue to be recorded in eastern and southeastern Asia, where the target of halving extreme poverty has already been met,” Zukang said, according to Agence France-Presse. “Most of southern Asia, however, is in danger of not halving extreme poverty rates by 2015, and the prevalence of hunger there has actually increased slightly between 2002 and 2007.”

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