UN chief calls for momentum to achieve Millennium Development Goals

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Millennium Development Goals

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Member States and staff to participate in the 1,000 Days of action to 2015.

The year is the target date for achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals or MDGs set by world leaders in 2000 to end extreme poverty.

Secretary-General Ban spoke at an event at UN headquarters on Friday which concluded a week of activities to spur accelerate progress in the remaining 1,000 days.

He said that thanks to the hard work of governments, civil society and other partners around the world, the MDGs have mobilized action and achieved results.

However, Mr. Ban cautioned that challenges remain.

"We continue to struggle against extreme poverty, inequality and insufficient access to sanitation. Climate change remains a clear and present danger. Now is the time for MDG Momentum. We now have less than 1,000 days to close the gaps and accelerate action. That means scaling up success, empowering women and girls, keeping fiscal promises, and mobilizing people from governments to the grassroots." (29")

Since Friday last week, the United Nations has been working with partners around the world to build momentum to achieve greater gains by the 2015 target date.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

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