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Nepal honoured with MDG award

Sep 20, 2010

Nepal received a Millennium Development Goal (MDG) award for its outstanding progress towards achievement of "improved maternity health goal" under the MDG-5. A video by UNDP highlights Nepal's slow but steady efforts for development.

Kathmandu: Nepal received a Millennium Development Goal (MDG) award for its outstanding national leadership, commitment and progress toward achievement of improved maternity health goal under the MDG-5.

Issuing a press statement, the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations in New York said the Nepal government had been selected by the MDG Awards Committee, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, among the governments from 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for accomplishing significant achievement in MDG Goal-5. 

"Under MDG Goal-5 entitled “Improve Maternal Health”, Nepal reduced the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) from 415 deaths in 2000 to 229 deaths in 2010 per 100,000 live births. As the target was set in MDG Goal-5 that ‘reduce the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by three quarters’ by 2015, the MDG report of Nepal shows that it will likely meet the target," read the statement.

Gyan Chandra Acharya, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations received the award amid a function in New York Sunday evening. Dr. Sudha Sharma, Health Secretary, was also present in the award distribution ceremony.

The primary goal of the MDG Awards is to increase awareness of the MDGs among the global public and highlight progress being made toward their achievement by various stakeholder groups.

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