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MDGs critical force to establish minimum social, economic, ecological preconditions: Bhutan

09-21-2010 08:50 BJT Special Report:Premier Wen Attends 2 UN Conferences |

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have become a "critical and coherent force to establish the minimum social, economic and ecological preconditions for the promotion of human well being," Bhutan's Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley said here Monday.

Thinley's statement came at the start of a three-day high-level meeting here of UN anti-poverty goals, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to accelerate the implementation.

With just five years to go before the deadline for achieving the MDGs, nearly 140 world leaders are at the UN Headquarters in New York to 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.

"This summit, I am confident, will generate the determination and the means to ensure that those governments which are in danger of failing their people will continue to receive the necessary technical and financial resources from the international community, " Thinley said.

Bhutan is on its way to fulfill the MDGs with most goals being achieved before the deadline, he said.

"There are many other countries that will find similar or greater success having reoriented their polices and resources to achieve these ends," Thinley said.

The MDGs are a set of eight international development goals designed to reduce poverty and improve the lives of people in less developed countries. The goals were first set at the Millennium Summit in 2000, and are due to be achieved by 2015.

Editor:Li yang |Source: Xinhua

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