MDGs remain top of the agenda at world leaders' annual meeting in New York

Sep 21, 2011

As world leaders gather in New York, the United Nations called on Member States to sustain efforts towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - eight internationally-agreed goals which seek to end extreme poverty worldwide by 2015.

In his report to the General Assembly, UN Secretary General Bank Ki-Moon called on countries to intensify their efforts towards sustainable and equitable growth.

“We must invest in people – particularly in education and women’s and children’s health,” Secretary Ban said.   “Development is not sustainable unless it is equitable and serves all people.”

At a side event organized by Japan on the margins of the Assembly, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark noted that the MDGs have helped unite countries, engage citizens, inspire policies which put people at their very centre, and focus attention on what works.

Miss Clark also stated that currently 14 countries, such as Colombia, Ghana, Togo, and others, are applying the MDG Acceleration Framework, a UN-endorsed approach that enables governments and development partners to identify and prioritize the bottlenecks blocking MDG progress, and then devise ways to overcome them.

Country representatives from Bangladesh, Niger, Viet Nam and Zambia also shared their experiences in working to accelerating MDG progress while also highlighting areas where they faced challenges.

The side event was a follow up to a Ministerial MDG meeting hosted in Tokyo, Japan in June 2011, where it was agreed that a joined-up effort was needed to identify and address the underlying bottlenecks preventing MDG progress.

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