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UN opens summit on anti-poverty goals

09-20-2010 22:14 BJT Special Report:Premier Wen Attends 2 UN Conferences |

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- About 140 world leaders on Monday kicked off a three-day high-level meeting here to accelerate the implementation of UN anti-poverty goals, or the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

"All United Nations members make a single international community. Nobody can stand alone from poverty," Joseph Deiss, the president of the 65th General Assembly (GA) session, said at the opening of the high-level meeting.

The summit is expected to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and review the difficulties in the process.

With just five years to go before the deadline for achieving the MDGs, the leaders will discuss how and where they can do more in the remaining period to defeat poverty, reduce hunger, stop environmental degradation, improve education, boost maternal and child health and reach the other remaining targets.

The MDGs, endorsed by world leaders in September 2000, set out eight targets which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015.

"We must achieve the Millennium Development Goals. We want to achieve them. And we can achieve them," Deiss said.

"Eight goals, 15 years to achieve them: one of the merits of the Millennium Development Goals is that a clear program was established, with targets and deadline," he said.

"We must do it. We want to do it. And we can do it," the GA president said. "We do not have the right to fail. The eyes of the world are upon us, let us not disappoint them."

Also addressing the opening of the high-level meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also voiced his confidence that the MDGs are achievable.

"Despite the obstacles, despite the scepticism, despite the fast-approaching deadline of 2015, the Millennium Development Goals are achievable," Ban said.

"Ten years have passed since the adoption of the Millennium Declaration and the historical commitment to cut extreme poverty by half through the implementation of eight measurable and time-bound goals: the Millennium Development Goals," Ban wrote in a report earlier this year. "This vision and those measures remain relevant today."

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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