Sri Lanka launches the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) report 2008-2009

21 Sep 2010

It is now nine years since the signing of the Millennium Declaration, through which world leaders committed to achieve certain essential development targets called the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), by the year 2015. Since this commitment Sri Lanka has been doing its part to reach these targets.  These efforts are reflected in Sri Lanka’s MDG Progress Reports which have helped to monitor the country’s progress while showing the way forward. Following its first MDG Progress Report which was produced in 2005, Sri Lanka launched its second Progress Report in Colombo this week.

The launch was held on the 20th of September 2010, at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel under the patronage of Hon. Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning. The report, which carries addresses from H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the United Nations Resident Representative, Neil Buhne, was formally handed over to the Government on this occasion.

Sri Lanka as a country is unique in its approach to human development. This uniqueness is captured well in this report.  Despite a low GDP per capita indicator, Sri Lanka is in the forefront of the MDG agenda, having already achieved several of the MDGs, especially in the health and education sectors. In addition Sri Lanka has made great strides in the areas of poverty alleviation, child and maternal mortality rates and gender equality.
In this new era of peace, Sri Lanka now has an important opportunity to focus on its MDG agenda. Despite the tremendous progress the country has made, several areas of concern prevail, particularly concerning the development inequalities in the various geographical regions of the country. 
Sri Lanka’s commitment to achieve the MDGs is at its highest level.  The “Mahinda Chinthana: 10 year development frame work” has clearly specified the Government’s commitment towards the achievement of MDGs for all people in the country. This commitment needs the support of the Sri Lankan public, whose contribution is essential in the attainment of these goals. The MDG Progress Report plays a crucial role in this aspect as it speaks not only of the progress made, but also of the challenges that remain and of what more needs to be done to address these challenges.