Caribbean Makes Progress on MDGs – UN Report

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The final report of the Millennium Development Goals, MDG, was released this morning.

The MDG documents progress on eight key targets set in the year 2000, to be achieved by 2015.

The report finds that Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved a majority of these targets.

Extreme poverty has been slashed by more than half, falling from 13-percent in 1990 to 4-percent in 2015.

However, the report shows that extreme poverty in the Caribbean is much higher than in Latin America.

Some 22-percent of Caribbean people are still living on less than USD$1.25 a day, compared with just 4-percent of Latin Americans.

Additionally, 20-percent of Caribbean people are still under nourished, compared with just 5-percent in Latin America.

According to the report, the Caribbean is the second most under-nourished region in the world, close behind sub-Saharan Africa.

Meanwhile, a major accomplishment for the Caribbean is the region’s reduction in the number of new HIV infections.

The region saw the sharpest decline in the world, with 2015 showing less than half the number of new infections than were reported in 2000.