The overview of the Report shows that, in addition to policies linked to individual goals, achieving the MDGs requires adopting a broader approach and addressing a number of human development challenges which are specific to countries with transition economies. In general, the review of achievements in the countries covered by the report shows mixed results. On one hand, it highlights the remarkable progress achieved on the poverty front during the 2000-2008 period of vibrant economic growth, and a bounceback from the deep transition recession in the emerging economies. Major progress was also made in other MDG related areas such as food security, women’s employment, child and maternal mortality and, in the field of environmental sustainability, energy efficiency. On the other hand, progress has been quite uneven, with large and persistent disparities between sub-regions and countries, as well as between geographical areas and population groups within countries.