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The Government and the people of Sri Lanka participated at the Millennium Summit in September 2000 and pledged their support to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. To make good on the commitment, a national campaign has been launched in Sri Lanka to meet the targets. This campaign is led by the Ministry of Finance and Planning and direct implementation assistance is provided by UNDP.
By adopting a pro-poor and pro-growth strategy the country has worked ceaselessly to reach the target goals in the eight different categories. Overall, Sri Lanka has achieved considerable success with respect to a range of social indicators that comprise the MDGs and is on track to achieving the MDG targets for most of the remaining social indicators.
Yet, although many indicators show encouraging trends at national level, there still persist regional disparities which need the attention of policy makers and planners.
UNDP Sri Lanka works with a range of partners to create an enabling environment for the achievement of the MDG targets. It helps develop capacity at both the national and local levels so that communities can achieve self-reliance and work towards attaining the goals. UNDP contributes to the MDGs through: advocacy, sharing of best practices, monitoring and reporting progress and localizing the MDGs.
he MDG Report 2015 found that the 15-year effort to achieve the eight aspirational goals set out in the Millennium Declaration in 2000 was largely successful across the globe, while acknowledging shortfalls that remain. The data and analysis presented in the report show that with targeted interventions, sound strategies, adequate resources and political will, even the poorest can make progress.
This MDG Country Report is the third MDG review report produced by Sri Lanka. It is also the first report that covers the entire country, allowing comparison across the 25 districts and providing policy makers with information to identify and support regions lagging behind. It also analyses achievements and thematic areas requiring further attention.