The Millennium Development Goals Eight Goals for 2015

Samoa MCO’s progress on the MDGs for 2015

MDG

Cook Islands

Niue

Samoa

Tokelau

MDG 1

On Track

On Track

Mixed

n/a

MDG 2

On Track

On Track

On Track

On Track

MDG 3

On Track

On Track

Mixed

n/a

MDG 4

On Track

On Track

On Track

On Track

MDG 5

On Track

On Track

Mixed

On Track

MDG 6

On Track

On Track

Mixed

n/a

MDG 7

On Track

On Track

On Track

Mixed



MDGs in Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau

The economies of the Cook Islands, Niue and Samoa are among the better performing in the Pacific, with consistent economic growth, impressive social development and good progress in MDGs, especially MDG 1 on eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. The Cook Islands, Niue and Samoa have already achieved MDGs 4 and 5 on child and maternal health.  Significant challenges remain in sustaining and improving achievements. Within countries, the distribution of development benefits is uneven, especially between urban and rural areas and among the main and outer islands. While extreme poverty and hunger largely do not exist in the three countries, many households still struggle to meet their basic needs, and a “poverty of opportunity” affects many communities in rural areas and the outer islands. About 20 per cent of Samoans live below the national poverty line. Many youth are disillusioned by the lack of opportunity, and suicide rates are high.

The United Nations Country Team in Samoa has substantial National MDGs programmes for Samoa, Cook Islands and Niue developed and approved with the Governments and civil societies in 2004 and 2005 with funding mainly from the United Nations Development Programme.  The National MDGs Programmes focus on three key components: 1) National MDGs Advocacy Programme; 2) Preparation of National MDGs Reports; and 3) Integration of the MDGs into National Development Planning.  Under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator’s Multi-country Office and National MDGs Taskforces, the programmes aim to increase public awareness of and encourage national ownership of the MDGs, enable more extensive participation of marginalised and isolated groups in national development planning, strengthen partnerships between governments and civil societies and better integrate the MDGs into national development plans and policies.

Despite progress on gender equality and empowering women (MDG 3), some indicators may not be met by 2015. In all three countries, the lack of sex disaggregated data and gender indicators is undermining the monitoring of MDG 3 progress. The Cook Islands and Niue MDG reports show that Indicator 12 -- the proportion of seats held by women in the national parliament -- will not be met by 2015. The Cook Islands added a national MDG 9 for improved governance, and Niue, a national MDG 9 for population development and retention.  Samoa modified the focus of Goal 6 to non-communicable or lifestyle diseases to reflect the key health challenge currently faced by Samoans and the Samoan health system regarding health outcomes, health system development and health financing.  Additional and new MDGs targets for Goal 6 have been developed for Samoa.

An indication of the commitment of Niue, Samoa and the Cook Islands to the MDGs process and national reporting is that each countries has developed their own National MDG Reports, each have tailored the MDGs and selected targets to suit their national situation and each has made commitment to integrating the MDGs into their national development planning process and plans.

 

UNDP’s Leadership on the MDGs in Country

1.71 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015