The Millennium Development Goals Asia and the Pacific website is developed and maintained by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) under the tripartite regional project of UNESCAP, UNDP and ADB.
The website is designed to provide Governments and key stakeholders in Asia-Pacific with easy access to information on various MDG initiatives in Asia and the Pacific as well as other parts of the world with a view of supporting regional solidarity, national policy making and planning and local level implementation of strategies and programmes for achieving the MDGs.
Overall guidance and direction for the implementation of the project are provided by Ms. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General & Executive Secretary of UNESCAP, Mr. Ajay Chhibber, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of UNDP and Director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Ms. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Vice President for Knowledge Management, ADB.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. With a membership of 62 Governments, 58 of which are in the region, and a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south, ESCAP is the most comprehensive of the United Nations five regional commissions. It is also the largest United Nations body serving the Asia-Pacific region.
ESCAP focuses on issues that are most effectively addressed through regional cooperation, including:
|United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and its wide range of partners.
World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. UNDP's network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals. Its focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of:
UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all its activities, it encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women.
In each country office, the UNDP Resident Representative normally also serves as the Resident Coordinator of development activities for the United Nations system as a whole. Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), established in 1966, has currently 63 members of which 45 are in Asia and the Pacific. ADB's vision is an Asia and Pacific free of poverty with better living conditions and quality of life for all its inhabitants. In 1999 the Asian Development Bank adopted poverty reduction as its overarching goal and announced its Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) to achieve this end. A review of the PRS was conducted in 2004. It led to the Enhanced Poverty Reduction Strategy (EPRS) with pro-poor, sustainable economic growth; inclusive social development; and governance for effective policies and institutions as strategic pillars, and environmental sustainability, gender and development, private sector development, regional cooperation and integration, and capacity development as thematic priorities.
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