United Nations marks 1,000 days until Millennium Development Goals deadline

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Maternal health remains a major challenge to health systems worldwide

Friday,  5 April, marks 1,000 days to the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the MDGs.

According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. "The Goals," he said, "have helped set global and national priorities, mobilize action, and achieve remarkable results."

The eight time-bound MDGs address poverty and hunger, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, combating AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability and a global partnership for development.

A number of the goals have already been met, among them reducing extreme poverty rates by half.  In the last dozen years, 600 million people have risen from extreme poverty.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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