MDGs Have Benefitted Indonesia, Says President

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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), formulated by the UN in 2000, have benefitted the people of Indonesia by reducing the country’s poverty rate and enhancing the healthcare services in Indonesia, said the president.

“MDGs accelerate the development of a country. It is not a treaty. It is non-binding, and it does not need any ratification. The MDG programmes have been implemented by all the governments in the world, although there is no particular organisation that monitors the programmes,” said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, during the Regional Consultative Meeting.

He said this is the first time that many countries have agreed on a common goal, based on the MDG programmes.

“For example, Indonesia has managed to reduce its poverty rate from 20.6 percent in 1990 to 11.9 percent in 2012. We have also succeeded in achieving the basic education coverage target by coming up with a compulsory education system (that lasts for nine years),” he stated.

The country’s infant mortality rate has decreased from 68 per 1,000 live births in 1991 to 34 per 1,000 live births in 2007.

However, the poverty eradication programme, implemented by the government, is facing huge challenges due to the growing population, economic issues and disasters.

Since the targets are set to expire in 2015, Indonesia’s president hopes that similar projects will be implemented for the development of the country.

He urged the participants of the meeting to have a discussion on several programmes that could be implemented after 2015, based on the experiences of every nation.

Among those present at the meeting were the Director of the United Nations Development Program¿s (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Ajay Chibber, and the Chairman of the National Committee on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto.

A number of ministers attended the meeting, including the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Djoko Suyanto, the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Hatta Rajasa, the Secretary of State, Sudi Silalahi, the Industry Minister, MS Hidayat, the Agriculture Minister, Suswono, the Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, Mari Elka Pangestu, and the State Enterprises Minister, Dahlan Iskan.

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