Cambodia in progress
At the close of the 20th century, governments around the world agreed on common goals for development, known as the Millennium Development Goals. There is a detailed breakdown of targets and indicators at http://www.undp.org/mdg/Goals.pdf
Tailoring Cambodian targets
The Royal Government of Cambodia has tailored its own targets and Millennium Development Goals reflecting the particular situation of the country. Around 12 per cent of Cambodian villages are in heavily mined areas, for example, so a target of zero impact has been selected, recognizing mine and UXO contamination as a major constraint to development.
The UN's Millennium Project analyses policy options for governments, and will develop a plan for implementation for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Cambodia has been selected by the Millennium Project as a pilot country, along with the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Tajikistan, to develop poverty reduction strategies for achieving the MDGs.
The UN's Millennium Campaign mobilises political support for the Millennium Declaration in developed and developing countries.
Country-level monitoring in Cambodia is tracking progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Cambodia's Millennium Development Goals have been incorporated into national plans, and the Royal Government of Cambodia presented its first MDG report to the UN General Assembly in late 2003. In this respect, CamInfo has been developed by the National Institute of Statistics to support the monitoring and dissemination of key indicators related to global, regional and national goals including the Cambodia Millennium Development Goals, National Poverty Reduction Strategy and other monitoring frameworks.
Are we on target?
Cambodia is on target to achieve its goals for primary education, HIV/AIDS and malaria. More children are now going to primary school, there are fewer deaths from malaria, and the HIV prevalence rate among the adult population has fallen from 3.3 to 2.6 per cent. However the under-five mortality rate has risen to the current 124 deaths in every 1,000 live births, and progress on maternal mortality has been limited.
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