1,000 Days left till Millennium Development Goals Deadline

Apr 5, 2013

Bangladesh has remarkable progress in poverty eradication, maternal mortality and primary education, trails on environment, gender, nutrition

Dhaka, 05 April, 2013: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners in Bangladesh are today observing the milestone of 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Starting today (5th April) – the milestone date – through to Friday 12 April, UN offices around the world are working with governments, civil society and international partners to mark “MDG Momentum: 1,000 Days of Action” in a variety of ways.

“The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “The Goals have helped set global and national priorities, mobilize action, and achieve remarkable results.”

As part of a global the MDG Momentum Campaign, UNDP in Bangladesh is set to mark the week through events, competitions and a high level workshop on the road to 2015.

“The UN family will continue its cooperation with the government and other partners to step-up collective efforts and re-energize the global movement to free people from extreme poverty and advance human development,” said UNDP Resident Representative, Neal Walker.

Reiterating the need to retain a focus on the goals till 2015, UNDP Country Director, Pauline Tamesis said, “We have 1,000 days to close the gaps that remain for the Millennium Development Goals in Bangladesh - 1,000 days to accelerate action”.

The eight time-bound MDGs address poverty and hunger, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, combatting AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability and a global partnership for development.

Since the MDGs were adopted by all UN Member States in 2000, governments, international organizations and civil society groups around the world have helped make tremendous progress to improve people’s lives.

Bangladesh’s poverty rate has almost been halved since 1992, coming down from 56.6% to 31.5% in 2010 and is well on the way to meeting the MDG 1 target. A massive reduction in child mortality has also been one of Bangladesh’s standout successes. The under-five mortality rate has plummeted from 146 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 50 per 1,000 live births in 2009.

In 2011 Bangladesh received a UN prize for its results in reducing child mortality.

Progress on maternal health has also been positive with maternal mortality down from 564 to 194 per 100,000 live births, the contraceptive prevalence rate in also on track to be met and as of 2010 stands at 61.7% up from 39.7 in 1990.

However, Bangladesh has struggled in the areas of environmental sustainability, nutrition and certain aspects of gender equity.

The 1,000-day milestone is an opportunity to amplify awareness of MDG achievements and the commitment to continue global progress, including in Bangladesh.

“The more the world can achieve on the MDGs, the more it will be possible to build confidence and support for a bold and ambitious post-2015 development agenda,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said.

Contact Information

For further information please contact: Mahtab Haider, Communications Analyst, UNDP via email: mahtab.haider@undp.org, ph: +88 02 815 0088, ext. 1805, mob: +88 01713 014 604