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After the Financial Crisis: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

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  • Robert Shelburne

    () (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)

  • Claudia Trentini

    () (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)

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The Pan-European Region made significant progress from 1995 to 2007 in improving the economic, social, environmental and health indicators incorporated into the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, given the huge set-backs associated with the transition recession in the early 1990s and the more recent economic declines from the global financial crisis, achievement of some of the MDGs in a significant number of countries by 2015 is now problematic. The degree to which the actual targets can be achieved by 2015 will depend critically on: (i) the speed of recovery from the current crisis and the policy responses to it; (ii) the commitment by national governments to focus resources on the MDG objectives and their willingness to implement new policy initiatives, and (iii) the level of foreign assistance and regional cooperation that can be obtained. The EU new Member States (NMS) are most likely to meet the MDGs, while the prospects for the other European emerging economies are more mixed, especially for MDGs related to poverty and health. All of the Pan-European economies are falling short in terms of achieving environmental sustainability and gender equality.

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  • Robert Shelburne & Claudia Trentini, 2010. "After the Financial Crisis: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia," ECE Discussion Papers Series 2010_1, UNECE.
  • Handle: RePEc:ece:dispap:2010_1
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    1. Fatma Lorcu & Bilge Acar Bolat & Ahmet Atakisi, 2012. "Examining Turkey and member states of European Union in terms of health perspectives of millennium development goals," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 46(3), pages 959-978, April.

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    Keywords

    millennium development goals; economic development; Europe; financial crisis; transition economies; CIS; Russia; caucasus; central Asia; health; education; environmental sustainability; gender; HIV; AIDS; Tuberculosis; trade;

    JEL classification:

    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • P27 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Performance and Prospects
    • P36 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training; Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • J40 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - General

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