Eight Goals for 2015
Where are we?
Latin America and the Caribbean is well on the way to achieving the MDGs—and several countries achieved targets comfortably and before the deadline. Poverty has been reduced to the lowest levels in three decades. More girls are in school. Child mortality has dropped and we are fighting diseases, with some countries spearheading global innovation in universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care.
But too many women still die in childbirth. And more needs to be done to boost gender parity in employment and national parliaments as well as access to education and reproductive health services. Sanitation must also be improved and more needs to be done to reverse forest loss, according to a recent joint assessment from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP and other UN agencies.
Progress towards the MDGs is also uneven between countries—and within them. Therefore, average MDG achievement for countries with historical inequalities is insufficient. In the Brazilian states of São Paulo (Southeast) and Piauí (North), or in the Mexican states of Nuevo León (Northeast) and Chiapas (South) progress towards the MDGs is considerably different. To help address unequal performances, UNDP and other UN agencies have been partnering with governments in the region to assess and report progress in the state and municipal levels. For example, this has led Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state, to adopt the MDGs as guidelines for local-level poverty reduction and other social programmes, resulting in improvements in education and health.
Despite the challenges ahead, Latin America and the Caribbean has been providing a clear example that change is possible if governments, civil society and the private sector are willing to embrace it with a common goal: achieving human development for all.
UNDP’s Leadership on the MDGs in Latin America and the Caribean
Tracking the MDGs
The MDG Achievement Fund is an international cooperation mechanism whose aim is to accelerate progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) worldwide. It supports national governments, local authorities and citizen organizations in their efforts to tackle poverty and inequality. LEARN MORE
The Business Call to Action (BCtA) aims to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for both commercial success and development impact. LEARN MORE