Peru close to achieving the Millennium Development Goals

The United Nations Millennium Declaration approved in 2000 established 8 social development goals to be achieved not later than the year 2015.

The Peruvian government has incorporated these objectives in designing its social policies which are aimed at fighting poverty and promoting social inclusion, as reflected  in the National Plan and Strategies to Overcome Poverty, the National Human Rights Plan and the Social Agreement for Dignified Jobs and the Agreement to Improve Quality in Children’s Investment.

These plans and agreements constitute the main framework for the policies that the Peruvian government has applied since 2001 to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

The UN 2008 Achievement Report of the Millennium Goals on Peru confirms a significant improvement in Peruvian livings standards; extreme poverty has came down to 12.6 percent in 2008 from 23 percent in 1991. Also, the under 5-year-old children’s death rate has been reduced by 68 percent from its 1990 levels and the vaccination levels now covers  90 percent of the target population in 2008.

The target for primary universal education has almost been reached. Over 94.2 percent of children between 6 and 11 years old attended school and in 2008, and 97 percent of Peruvians between 15 and 24 years old are literate. Foreign debt was reduced from 47 percent of the GDP in 2002 to 24 percent in 2008. Substantial improvement in other goals like Gender Equality, Maternal Health, Combat HIV, Environmental Sustainability and Global Partnership has also been achieved.

The UN 2008 Achievement Report of the Millennium Goals on Peru is a document produced by the Technical Secretariat of the Social Multi-Agency Commission of the Office of the Presidency of the Cabinet of Ministers of Peru with information provided by the Peruvian Government, different UN Agencies, citizen’s organizations, universities, and international organizations.

For further reference visit: http://www.onu.org.pe/upload/documentos/IODM-Peru2008.pdf

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