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China makes outstanding achievements in fulfilling millennium goals

09-21-2010 13:52 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday opened a three-day high-level meeting with a plea to nearly 140 heads of state and government to boost efforts in order to translate the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the 10-year-old ambitious UN anti-poverty program, into reality by its deadline of 2015.

CHINESE PERFORMANCE WIDELY APPLAUDED

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is attending the meeting, highlighting China's continuing efforts to contribute to the MDGs.

As the biggest developing country, China has made eye-catching achievements in realizing the goals over the past years.

According to statistics of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, China has earlier than schedule accomplished the objectives of halving the population stricken by poverty and hunger, popularizing elementary education, and reducing child mortality. In particular, China has contributed 70 percent of the world population that have been relieved from poverty in the past 20 years.

Meanwhile, China, which is not rich yet but steadily progressing in its development, has stepped up efforts in aiding poverty-stricken developing countries to help them realize the MDGs.

By the end of 2009, China had provided economic and technological aid to over 120 developing countries and donated fund to over 30 international and regional organizations, making it the second biggest donator among developing countries following Saudi Arabia.

UN Chief Ban said China has exemplified the South-South Cooperation by offering economic cooperation and aid to many developing countries in Africa and other regions.

SOLEMN COMMITMENTS BEFORE NEW MILLENNIUM

In September 2000, just before the new millennium, over 150 heads of state and government including then Chinese President Jiang Zemin gathered at the UN headquarters in New York and worked out the MDGs.

The MDGs established eight development goals that by the deadline of 2015 countries are required to eliminate extreme poverty and hunger, popularize elementary education, promote gender equality and women's rights, reduce child mortality, improve maternal healthcare, fight AIDS and malaria, ensure environmental sustainability, and boost and develop global cooperation.

The MDGs also set up specific benchmarks for measuring the eight goals. For example, the number of population with less than one U.S. dollar per capita daily living costs should be halved, the under-5 mortality cut by two-thirds, and the maternal mortality chopped by three-fourths from the 1990 level.

 


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