The Millennium Development Goals in Iraq - 2013 UpdatePublished on 05 Nov 2013 20 pages
UNDP’s work in Iraq is governed by one clear aim: to make Iraq a better place to live. This aim is reflected in every aspect of our work and is captured in a comprehensive set of eight measurable objectives known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These goals were set by world leaders at the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000 in response to the world’s greatest development challenges. They were drawn from the actions and targets agreed upon in the internationally adopted Millennium Declaration.
With only two years remaining before the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, as governments around the world report back on whether or not they have achieved these goals, this is a good time to report on progress made to date in Iraq. How close is Iraq to achieving the MDGs?
As evidenced by this report, huge strides have been made in Iraq towards reducing hunger, achieving universal education, improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. However, despite these important achievements much work remains. In particular, promoting gender equality, empowering women and reducing child mortality are crucial areas where figures remain well below the 2015 targets. At the same time, serious gaps remain in access to essential services between urban and rural areas.
The United Nations is committed to helping the Iraqi people, supporting the government in line with the National Development Plan and the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). If the MDGs are to be fully achieved in Iraq by 2015, and these are very real targets that will benefit every man, woman and child, a significant scaling up of efforts will be needed.