Ban says "success within reach" regarding UN global development goalsListen /
Poverty has plummeted, health has begun to improve and literacy has soared.
That's what UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, told participants at a High Level forum on the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs on Monday.
The MDGs were launched in 2000 in New York during the UN General Assembly debate.
Now, thirteen years later, Mr. Ban reports that success in many areas and in many countries is within reach.
"People working together all over the world have proven that transformational change is possible in an accelerated timeframe. Today you will see proof. You will see evidence of government focus, of international institutions doing things differently. You will see progress driven by coalitions of actors that have come together across every imaginable barrier. Together they – we — have produced real, massive and inspiring change."
The year 2015 is the deadline set by world leaders to eliminate extreme poverty and diseases.
There are now 829 days left to achieve these goals.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.