Some MDGs likely to be missed — World Bank

SIGNIFICANT GAINS have been made in the fight against poverty and hunger but developing countries need to do more in terms of achieving the entire set of eight United Nations-sponsored Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the World Bank said.

“Two-thirds or more of developing countries are actually on target or close to being on target [in achieving MDGs], thanks to more than a decade of better policy and growth,” the bank said in its “Global Monitoring Report 2011: Improving the Odds of Achieving the MDGs” publication released over the weekend.

A table noted that the Philippines was just short of being on track to meeting the goals of eradicating extreme poverty and achieving universal primary education by 2015.

Conditional cash transfers (CCT) will help in meeting the anti-poverty goal, said National Economic and Development Authority director Erlinda M. Capones, although she was not as optimistic with respect to the education target.

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