Burundi says it will be wrong to abandon anti-poverty goals

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Prosper Bazombanza, First Vice President of the Republic of Burundi. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

It would be wrong to abandon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and start from scratch.

That's what the Vice President of Burundi, Prosper Bazombanza told the General Assembly as it continued its debate on Saturday.

The MDGs, were set by world leaders in 2000 to, among other things, eradicate extreme poverty, achieve universal primary education and gender equality by 2015.

Mr. Bazombanza said since 2000 progress has been made in reducing poverty, child mortality and deaths linked to malaria.

(French, followed by English interpretation)
"Although we must point out that all countries are not having the same experience as far as this progress is concerned, the fact remains that Burundi shares the idea that it would be wrong for us to abandon the MDGs and to start from scratch. Quite to the contrary, what we must do is continue with our reforms that have led to unprecedented progress."  (28″)

Mr. Bazombanza said that although Burundi will not achieve all the MDGs, it has made what he described as "undeniable progress" in the areas of education and health.

He said this was done by offering free education and medical care for children under five years of age and mothers who have given birth.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration:  1’36″


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