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Developing countries call for int' l cooperation to achieve MDGs

09-21-2010 13:31 BJT Special Report:Premier Wen Attends 2 UN Conferences |

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Over 140 world leaders gathered at the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday to review gains and gaps in the process to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the 10-year-old ambitious UN anti-poverty program.

While showing strong resolutions to implement the MDGs, leaders from developing countries called for international cooperation and help to achieve the goals by its deadline of 2015.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the UN Millennium Development Goals
(MDG) Summit at the UN headquarters in New York, on Sept. 20, 2010. The UN MDG
summit opened on Monday. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

CHALLENGES REMAIN

On behalf of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, the country's Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu said at a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly that progress in meeting the MDGs to date has been "mixed."

"Although real progress has been made compared to where we were in 2000, significant challenges remain. For every MDG there is a positive story to tell, albeit with variation between and within goals and indicators," he 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.

According to Chukwu, Nigeria is on course to achieve the MDG target on reducing child mortality with a decrease from 100 deaths per 1,000 live births down to 75 per 1,000. However, he noted that "the issue of maternal health has been most intractable and challenging."

Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet also expressed concerns over the uneven progress made between goals and among countries, citing the situation is "deeply rooted in unfair international economic relations, where developing countries are forced into disadvantageous position."

"Vietnam shares the common concern about the fact that over one billion people (in the world) are still living in poverty, about the uneven progress made between goals and among countries as well as the possibility that most regions will not achieve many goals without further strong measures," he said.

Although Vietnam has achieved a number of MDGs "ahead on schedule" and is on track to attain the remaining goals, Triet said, Vietnam is faced with a range of difficulties.

"The country's infrastructure is still under-developed and the living-standards of the people remain low," Triet said.


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