UN "eager to support" a post-2015 development agenda, says Ban.Listen /
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exhorted world leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly debate in New York on Wednesday, to do "all they can to achieve the MDGs by the end of 2015."
The MDGs or Millennium Development Goals are a set of targets set by the United Nations to eliminate world poverty and hunger by 2015.
Mr. Ban Ki-moon said the discussion could be a starting point for agreeing and implementing a universal sustainable development agenda after 2015.
Substantial progress has been achieved, he noted, and the anti-poverty push has galvanized "unprecedented national commitment and international support."
However, warns Mr. Ban Ki-moon, there is still a lot to be done.
"More than 1 billion people still live in extreme poverty. Far too many people face serious deprivations in health, education and access to sanitation and clean water. Progress is hampered by large inequalities related to income, ethnicity, gender, disability, age, location and the realization of human rights. Less than two and a half years remain to fulfil the promise. The challenges are profound, but there is much we can accomplish in that time."
Substantial additional commitments from Governments, the World Bank, private business and philanthropy last Monday brought the total new investment in boosting MDG achievement to $2.5 billion.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.