General Assembly President calls for more efforts to end inequities

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Sam Kahamba Kutesa, President of the Assembly's sixty-ninth session, addresses the opening of the special session. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

World leaders have been urged to intensify efforts to accelerate progress to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) set in 2000 to improve people's lives around the world.

The appeal came from the President of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa at the start of the annual general debate on Wednesday.

Mr. Kutesa said that since the adoption of the MDGs nearly 15 year ago, the lives of millions of people worldwide have changed.

"We must continue to build on the foundation laid by the MDGs with nearly one billion people lifted out of extreme poverty, increased universal primary education, maternal and infant mortality reduction by nearly 50 per cent and increased access to clean drinking water to mention some of the significant achievements. Yet a lot remains to be done. The sanitation target lags far behind. Too many women still die in labour and inequities within and among countries remain very high." (28")

Mr. Kutesa pointed out that in the coming months, the UN General Assembly will be preoccupied with formulating a new agenda to eradicate poverty and hunger.

He said the agenda should promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, safeguard the future of the planet and lead to the achievement of sustainable development.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations

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