AN extensive study on the progress of Pacific Island countries' Millennium Development Goals has shown that the region's progress on the MDGS is slow and uneven.
Launched by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Nadi on Tuesday, the report, 2012 Pacific Regional MDGs Tracking Report, provides a stocktake of the region's performance in the MDGs.
A key figure in the compilation of the report, PIFS strategic partnerships and co-ordination programme director Su'a Kevin Thomsen said the report found that, overall, the region's progress was slow.
Fourteen countries were reviewed including Fiji.
A second report, 2012 Tracking the Effectiveness of Development Efforts in the Pacific, was also launched by PIFS.
The report showed that Forum island countries were exerting stronger leadership by actively directing development partners to align their programmes with national priorities.
Both reports were endorsed at the 43rd Pacific Islands Forum held in the Cook Islands in August.