“We can end poverty – 2015“
This week’s UN meeting discusses the Millenium Development Goals. With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September 2010 to accelerate progress towards the MDGs. Monday, to Open’s Session, the Secretary-General UN told more than 140 Heads of State and Government participants at Summit that “there is an urgent need to achieve the Goals that world leaders had agreed to 10 years ago in time for the target date of 2015”. He said that the eight Millennium Development Goals were a breakthrough, and they have already yielded real results. “We have more development success stories than ever before. The transformative impact of the Goals is undeniable”, he said. “But we must protect these advances, many of which are still fragile”.
“Every Women, Every Child”
On Wednesday, 22 September, the Secretary-General will launch a global strategy for women’s and children’s health, which he described as our best chance for a multiplier effect across the Goals. Highlighted speakers include the following and others: Wen Jiabao, Premier of China , Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States, but also Melinda Gates, Co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Kevin Jenkins, CEO, World Vision.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that all 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015. They include eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates, fighting disease epidemics such as AIDS, and developing a global partnership for development.
Update: Here can to view the full five-minute speech delivered on Monday by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
As usual, the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, did not miss the opportunity of “hot” statement. “The discriminatory order of capitalism and the hegemonic approaches are facing defeat and are getting close to their end”, Ahmadinejad said at a summit meeting. Ahmadinejad offered no clear alternative to capitalism but said that: “The world is in need of an encompassing and, of course, just and humane order in the light of which the rights of all are preserved and peace and security are safeguarded”.