Ban Ki-moon calls for investment in girls in development countries

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Young girls learning to sew at a Koranic school in Fayum, Egypt. UN Photo/John Isaac

Investing in adolescent girls in developing countries can help drive progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) according to the UN Secretary-General.

Speaking at an event in Davos, Switzerland where he is attending the World Economic Forum, Ban Ki-moon said the deadline for the MDGs was just over 700 days away.

The MDGs are goals set by world leaders in 2000 to eradicate extreme poverty and to promote gender equality.

Mr Ban said world leaders have to take stock and make a final push.

"This demands that we invest in the more than half a billion adolescent girls in developing countries who can help drive progress across the MDG agendas. You understand that when you give a girl better health, education and well-being, we see results far beyond that individual. A girl is as valuable to our world as a tree is to a forest." (27")

The Secretary-General has joined more than 2,000 leaders from the  public, private and civil society sectors who have gathered in Davos to discuss global issues.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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