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Millenium Development Goals in Croatia


Croatia is on track for implementation of most of the Millennium Development Goals. The government has taken a series of steps to ensure that the MDG implementation drive be coordinated both with national priorities and with European Union (EU) accession requirements.

Croatia's objectives are set out in two important strategic documents: the Joint Assessment of Employment Policy Priorities (JAP) and the Joint Inclusion Memorandum (JIM).

JIM represents the first step in the application of EU common goals in the fight against poverty and social exclusion thorough national policy. An action plan for JIM's implementation is developed for period 2007-2009. JAP tackles the employment policy and the reorganisation of institutions in accordance with the European Employment Strategy and the implementing mechanisms of the European Social Fund. JAP was completed and signed by the European Commission and the Croatian Government in 2008.

The government is paying particular attention to ways to best attack poverty which involves the targeting of chronically impoverished groups. Most are objects of the United Nations Development Programme's effort to promote social inclusion. They include institutionalised people with disabilities; the elderly over 65 (especially women); the long-term unemployed; members of the Roma ethnic group, and families with three or more children.

Croatia's first MDG Report, made public in 2004, and the 2006 Country Progress Report, defined these and other clear target indicators for 2015, including steps to improve public water-supply systems.

In 2004, the government adopted the National Employment Action Plan 2005-2008, with measures aimed at decreasing the percentage of the long-term unemployed. Other anti-poverty steps include the Strategy and the Action Plan for Adult Education; the National Strategy for Protection against Domestic Violence for 2005 2007; the 2003 National Programme for Roma, the National Action Plan for the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015. In 2005, Government adopted National Strategy and National Action Plan for Prevention of HIV/AIDS (2005-2010). Particular attention is being paid to persons living with disabilities: Croatia signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and a new National Strategy of Persons with Disabilities 2007-2015 is prepared.

The MDGs were discussed and jointly defined in 2004 by a representative panel of overseers. They included representatives of eight Ministries and two government offices, some 20 non-governmental organisations (NGOs), an umbrella civil society organisation, and members of academia. The nationwide involvement of young people was reflected in presentations and debate at organising workshops and among youth organisations.

In 2006, UNDP Croatia conducted the national research on Quality of Life and Risks of Social Exclusion (SE) and issued the National Human Development Report on the same topic.

Read more on MDGs:
It's all about Basic Human Needs: MDGs, Croatia and the World, by Helena Gorancic-Lazetic, published in Development and Transition - Croatia Edition, Issue 2, May 2007(page 21)

Overview of achievements in the fulfilment of MDGs from 2006 to 2010

MFAEI, September 2010

Fully cognizant of the benefits of monitoring current conditions and trends in national activities focused towards development, relevant ministries and government offices collected information on progress accomplished since the last official report on the progress and achievement of MDGs in 2006, covering the period from August 2004 - December 2005.

As a country which has made the transition from a development aid recipient country to a donor country, as well as like other EU member states, Croatia adopted the EU support plan for the achievement of the MDGs. Moreover, Croatia has assumed a more active approach in donating development aid, since signing Millennium Declaration which, among other things, stresses the importance of international cooperation and global partnership for the successful fulfilment of the Millennium agenda as a whole.

For the Republic of Croatia purposes, eight national goals and thirty-one Targets have been identified, corresponding to the country's specific circumstances and development conditions:

First Progress Report on the Achievement of the nationalized Millenium Development Goals

October 2006

The Republic of Croatia issued its first Progress Report on the Achievement of the nationalized Millennium Development Goals in October 2006. The Report contains clearly defined statistical indicators which will monitor the progress the responsible bodies make in achieving the targets defined in 2004, though a national consensus. Statistical indicators have been aligned with the regular monitoring and data collection systems that Croatian institutions collect on an annual basis. Progress Report on nationalized MDGs will be issued every two to three years.

The Regional MDG Report assessed that Croatia is on track to achieve Goals 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8 and is likely to achieve the Goals 2, 3, and 4 by 2015.