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UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals

“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”.

Lisbon Treaty comes into force opening a new era for EU

On 1 December, The EU’s Lisbon Treaty comes into force, marking what Sweden’s prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt describes as a “new era – more open and more democratic” for the 27-nation bloc.

Tuesday, in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, the event was celebrated by a pageant with fireworks, music and leaders’ speeches. After, EU leaders were to attend a celebration dinner in Lisbon later Tuesday. In his speech, Mr. Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden ( the country that holding the EU presidency) said that:  “We open today a new page of success stories. In the future, when we make decisions concerning citizens’ freedom, security and justice, our main principle will be to make them together with the European Parliament”. The treaty makes the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights legally binding for EU institutions and, according to Mr. Reinfeldt, “we make clear equality between men and women and protection of children’s rights within all policy areas”. Herman van Rompuy, European Council President stated that: This is the most ambitious project of European history. Earlier today a new step in European construction. A project in which we want a Europe of all, more prosperous, more secure, peace and democracy “

Lisbon has come into force eight years after the EU started negotiations on the institutional reforms. Many analysts are calling it a historical day for the EU. However, questions like: What is the significance of the Lisbon Treaty once it takes effect? What role the Lisbon Treaty will play in the future development of the EU ? What impact will it bring to the EU’s foreign policy and its image on the world stage? The Lisbon Treaty will influence the growth pattern of other regional political and economic organizations ? generate the different views. Critics and skeptics accuse that the Treaty will cede too many national powers to Brussels. That is exactly what, in an interview for  EuroNews, Jose Manuel Barroso, president of European Commission,  consider to be the main asset of the Treaty. According to recent surveys, less than half the EU population (45 – 47%) trust the EU’s future.