Ban notes Burkina Faso's progress in achieving the MDGs

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has noted Burkina Faso’s progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and in particular in reducing poverty and accelerating growth.

During a meeting with Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaoré, the Secretary-General and the President exchanged views on the situation in Mali. The Secretary-General commended Burkina Faso for assisting thousands of Malian refugees.

And he expressed the hope that the country would facilitate their participation in the upcoming legislative elections.

They also discussed regional efforts to address the serious security, humanitarian and development challenges facing the Sahel, particularly the threat of terrorism and transnational organized crime.

And, they agreed on the need to strengthen regional and international coordination mechanisms to effectively tackle these threats.

During the meeting Secretary-General Ban was accompanied by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the President of the World Bank, the President of the African Development Bank, the Commissioner for Development of the European Union.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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