23 Sep 2010

Chair of Pacific Forum says progress towards MDGs uneven

9:49 am on 23 September 2010

The chair of the Pacific Islands Forum has told a United Nations conference that without concerted action, the region is unlikely to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

A United Nations General Assembly session is being held in New York to review progress towards achieving some of the goals.

Edward Natapei, who is also Vanuatu's Prime Minister, says Forum leaders recently adopted the Port Vila declaration, recognising that the MDGs are extremely important.

But he says the Pacific's progress towards achievement of the MDG's and consequently improved levels of human development has been uneven.

"Without concerted action and commitment the Port Vila Declaration will not likely succeed. In this context, the Pacific region calls for greater investment by both governments and their development partners in sustainable and inclusive development approaches."

Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Edward Natapei.