More work needed on Millennium Development Goals: UN deputy chiefListen /
With only three years and three months to go before the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) much more still needs to be done.
That's the assessment of United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who spoke to reporters in New York on Tuesday.
In 2000 world leaders agreed on a set of eight goals to be achieved by 2015 to improve people's lives.
Mr. Eliasson says there are "grave deficiencies" in achieving the MDGs.
"Maternal health is far too slow in making progress, sadly enough. And I myself have worked very much with water and sanitation. For sanitation, it is almost scandalous that so little is going to be achieved. We have to wait for 100 years south of Sahara to achieve the goals for sanitation. So, in other words, we should remember that we should give new energy for achieving the present MDGs."
Mr. Eliasson says that a High Level Panel that is looking at the post-2015 development agenda started its work last week.