Meeting reviews MDGs and agree on Jakarta Declaration

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Ministers reviewing Asia and Pacific Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Jakarta on Wednesday agreed to the Jakarta Declaration.

The Declaration, according to the foreign ministry in Jakarta, carried a review on the current political situation in the Asia and Pacific region, both on the successes and obstacles in reaching the MDGs.

It also carried further action plans in the countries in regions underlining the importance of regional financial stability, financial support including government development assistance, the different needs of the countries in the region, and closer cooperation in the region with international institutions and the private sector.

In his closing address at the two-day meeting, August 3 and 4, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty M Natalegawa underlined the importance of the ministerial meeting as part of the regional effort to ensure national commitments and international cooperation in poverty eradication, meeting rights for education, and development in the sector of health, and environmental protection.

The foreign minister also underlined the important role played by the Asia and Pacific countries in the global achievement of the MDGs, up to a joint action plan in facing challenges and problems.

In the meeting, the participants had an exchange of views on the latest situation in the region, especially with regard to the many challenges and opportunities in meeting the MDGs in 2015.

In this context, the countries in the Asia Pacific region also strengthen their commitment to increase their cooperation in facing the various challenges in the region, including by way of innovative funding and regional cooperation.

Besides being attended by ministers and government high officials the meeting was also attended by international and regional resource persons as well as representatives from public and private organizations.

On the sidelines of the meeting -- attended by the foreign ministers and the relevant ministers from 30 countries in the Asia and Pacific region, high government officials from 20 G-20 member countries, and partner countries as well as representatives of various international organizations-- had also signed a commitment on the Indonesian private sector in meeting the MDGs.

The results of the meeting are expected to also give an added value to the process and results of the UN conference in New York on September 20 to 22, and the G-20 summit in November 2010 in Seoul.

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