Tajikistan, along with other 191 countries, joined the Millennium Declaration after its ratification in 2000. The direction of further activities of the world community that are reflected in the Declaration, are concordant with the national priorities and goals that are being implemented in Tajikistan.
To discuss ten years of the world community’s efforts in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a global MDG Summit was organized by the United Nations in September 2010 in New York, where the countries that joined the Millennium Declaration presented their reports. Tajikistan was among those presenting the report, reflecting the progress made in achieving the MDGs in the country.
It is important to mention that based on the Millennium Development Goals a number of strategic documents were developed by the Tajik Government that outline the main directions and priorities of the country. The National Development Strategy (up to 2015), Poverty Reduction Strategies for the periods of 2007-2009 and 2010 – 2012 and the Living Standards Improvement Strategy 2013 - 2015 are among them.
As a result of implementation of measures envisages in MDGs, Tajikistan has managed to decrease the poverty level from 72.4% in 2003 to 46.7% in 2009. Also, the amount of school age population receiving the elementary and middle school education has increased as well as the quality of social services has improved.
Meanwhile, some of the factors, such as global financial and economic crises, deterioration of the regional partnership, natural disasters, have made the process of achieving MDGs more complicated for Tajikistan as well as for other countries of the region. In spite of the existing hardships, the policy of the Tajik Government is directed to improving the quality of life of its population, decreasing the poverty level, provision of social protection that corresponds to the strategic goals of the country and the MDGs.