FSM - Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Progress
FSM is committed to meeting its obligations under the Millennium Declaration in
integrating the Millennium Development Goals into its development planning and policy framework. This will be
made possible through a well coordinated approach between national and states offices and private agencies
to facilitate access to relevant data required to derive the MDG indicators. These indicators are vital for
the compilation of the country's national MDG report.
The Government recognizes the importance of this regional MDG initiative and will do whatever it can to
support anticipated plans and activities at both national and states level that will contribute to FSM's
strive towards achieving the MDGs.
MDG activities in-country to date
In-country MDG activities in the FSM began with the formation of the MDG Task Force in late 2004 with the
division of Social Affairs selected as the focal point. The Task Force comprised of
14 members representing
the key MDG stakeholders such as Health, Education and Division of Economics and Statistics. One of the key
area the Task Force emphasized was to ensure that
departments' representatives in the 4 states are kept informed of current developments and request their
inputs especially in the collection of relevant data.
FSM MDG Inventory
One of the key activities undertaken by the MDG Task Force after its formation in late 2004 was the carrying
out of an 'Inventory' on the MDG indicators to determine how many out of the 48 indicators can be derived from
data that is currently available. It was found that thirty indicators can be derived while sixteen of them
cannot, some of which are considered 'not applicable' for FSM while others are classed as 'not available' but
can be derived either through external assistance or enhanced departmental operations.
The result of this assessment can be accessed here
After the formation of the MDG Task Force, a number of the MDG indicators have been derived. Most of these
are sourced from data available within government departments and private agencies, while others are obtained
from external sources such as 'ADB MDG in the Pacific' report.
Here is list of current derived MDG indicators for FSM since late 2004
Where to from here?
1. FSM MDG National Report: One of the important area the Task Force Force considers embarking
on in the immediate term is the 'Production' of the MDG national report. In particular, now that the data
collected through the 2005 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) is available for use, including
the 2000 census of population and housing, - these two data sets provide the best and most recent sources
that can be used for the National Report.
Three members of the MDG Task Force attended a regional workshop on the MDGs organised by
the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). After the meeting, the Task
Force had been able to produce the draft National MDG Report, which had been
circulated to and commented on by relevant international and local bodies.
2. UN Assistance to the FSM MDGs: To aid the country in the monitoring
and implementation of the MDGs, the UNDP is establishing a "desk" in-country for
a MDG person. The main task of this desk is to oversee MDG activities and
provide technical assistance needed, to local counterparts--both national and
states, towards the achievement of the MDGs.