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Asia-Pacific LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS call for placing their priorities at the centre of the Post-2015 development agenda
The extreme poverty in Asia and the Pacific that affects around 900 million people, as well as the persistence of hunger in well over half a billion, questions the long-term sustainability of the region’s economic growth and development. About one in every six persons in the region suffers from malnourishment, and about one in three children is underweight. These problems are particularly severe in South Asia and Southeast Asia. The MDG target to reduce hunger by half is unlikely to be achieved in the case of child hunger; the region may also miss the target for undernourishment, particularly if restored economic growth from the current slowdown is sluggish and if food prices start increasing. The task before the region's governments to achieve this crucial development goal is thus demanding, requiring greater prioritization of efforts and the adoption of new, more efficient approaches. Further, more regional and international efforts are also needed.
The primary purposes of this paper are to trace the progress of efforts to (i) reduce hunger in Asia and the Pacific, (ii) identify reasons for their successes and failures, and (iii) suggest policy initiatives to help make tangible progress on these first MDG targets in the time remaining to 2015.
Partnership Dialogue on Developing and Implementing MDG-based National Development Strategies in Asia-Pacific Countries
The most recent regional MDG report prepared under the ESCAP/ADB/UNDP regional MDG partnership showed that none of the countries of the region will reach all the targets by 2015 and that several countries, particularly amongst countries with special needs (CSN) (i.e., the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries, and small island developing states), are off-track in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).