Accelerating Equitable Achievements of the MDGs: Closing Gaps in Health and Nutrition Outcomes
Published in February 2012 by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the United Nations Development Programme and the Asian Development Bank, the report focuses on disparities in MDG achievement within and between countries, to address major bottlenecks holding back MDG progress in Asia-Pacific region.
This is the sixth report that has been prepared under the ESCAP/ADB/UNDP regional partnership programme on achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific region. The report continues to be the most authoritative regional assessment of the progress so far achieved and obstacles encountered in achieving the MDGs in Asia and the Pacific region. It provides a basis for conducting policy dialogue at senior level and generating regional consensus on some of the most pressing development issues facing the region.
The report has been prepared under the direct supervision and guidance of Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary- General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary- General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director for Asia and the Pacific, and Dr. Ursula Schaeffer-Preuss and Dr. Bindu N. Lohani, former and present Vice-Presidents, Asian Development Bank. ESCAP-ADB-UNDP team, which coordinated and prepared the report, consisted of the following members:
ESCAP: Nagesh Kumar, Syed Nuruzzaman, Jan Smit, Yanhong Zhang, Harumi Shibata, Nobuko Kajiura, Clovis Freire and Yichun Wang
ADB: Shiladitya Chatterjee, Guanghua Wan, Yuan Zhang and Vivian Francisco
UNDP: Nicholas Rosellini, Anuradha Rajivan, Thangavel Palanivel, Biplove Choudhary and Taimur Khilji
Substantive contributions were received from Bob Verbruggen and Amala Reddy of UNAIDS, Saramma Mathai of UNFPA, France Begin, Henk van Norden, Mahesh Patel, Teerapong Praphotjanaporn and Qimti Paienjton of UNICEF and Mark Landry, Jun Gao and Therese Maria Reginaldo of WHO.
The report team met periodically to review the draft chapters and engaged in wider consultations with the members of the UNDG and the Regional Coordination Mechanism based in Bangkok.
The report team thanks the following for their support, comments and technical inputs: Dipa Bagai, Indu Bhushan, Therese Bjork, Marcus Brand, Douglas Brooks, Ruangkhao Ryce Chanchai, Kritsana Chonweerawong, Clifton Cortez, Edgar Dante, Supaporn Daophises, Michelle Domingo, Bart Edes, Josephine Ferre, Haishan Fu, Chris Garroway, Daniela Gasparikova, Francyne Harrigan, Aynul Hasan, Kim Luisa Henderson, Hubert Jenny, Nitish Jha, Henrik Fredborg Larsen, Amy Leung, Laura Lopez, Iosefa Maiava, Shun-ichi Murata, Maya Nyagolova, Naylin Oo, Marisa Panyachiva, Churairat Phunphichit, Yana V. Rodgers, Iva Sebastian, Solongo Sharkhuu, Marinus W. Sikkel, Robert Spaull, Scott Standley, Craig Steffensen, Ramaswamy Sudarshan, Guntur Sugiyarto, Pauline Tamesis, Kewal Krishan Thapar, Kazuyuki Uji, Fatma Gül Ünal, Yumiko Yamamoto and Marin Yari.
The team’s appreciation goes to the UN Asia-Pacific MDGs Communities of Practice and ADB Communities of Practice on Education, Energy, Environment, Gender, Governance and Public Management, Health, Transport and Water who made substantive contributions for the preparation of this report. Appreciation also goes to UNDP country offices in China, Lao PDR, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Mongolia, Solomon Islands, and WHO and UNICEF offices in China.
The report was edited by Peter Stalker. It was designed by Suki Dixon. Dussadee Nunthavichitra, Patchara Arunsuwannakorn and Wannaporn Sridama provided all administrative support.