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Pacific Island Countries To Meet On Millennium Development Goals
Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-10/09/c_131894313.htm
Source Date: Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Focus: Internet Governance
Country: Fiji
Created: Oct 09, 2012

SUVA, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Government representatives, civil society and development agencies from 15 Pacific Island countries will meet in Fiji's western tourist town of Nadi from Wednesday to review the region's Millennium Development Goals (MDG) achievements, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said on Tuesday.

According to a UNDP release, the Island countries'gathering will also assess the challenges that need to be addressed for some of the MDG goals on how to accelerate progress towards their achievement in the remaining period to 2015.

The Post-2015 Pacific Consultation, which is organized through a regional partnership for MDG between ESCAP, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the UNDP in cooperation with the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat and the Asia Pacific Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (APCoP), will also gather views and perspectives on the post-2015 development agenda and the processes to define sustainable development goals.

It responds to a request by the 43rd Pacific Island Forum in which the leaders urged the regional agencies to work with the UN to support countries take urgent action to accelerate progress and get behind a "final push" to achieve the MDGs by 2015 as well as begin consultations on what are the priorities of the Pacific ahead of global discussions on the psot-2015 agenda.

The consultation will draw on experiences and lessons learned from MDG implementation in the Pacific as well as lessons from other regions and identify how these lessons and experiences may best be reflected in global and regional consultations on the post- 2015 development agenda.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Knut Ostby will deliver opening remarks at the three-day event, which concludes on Friday.
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