Many still left behind amid MDG success

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Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

While the global community should celebrate the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), many of the world's people are still being left behind, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon on Monday launched the MDG 2015 Report which highlights progress made in areas such as health, education and gender equality since the goals were launched in the year 2000.

He pointed out that despite advances such as lifting more than one billion people out of extreme poverty, too many others have been left behind.

Dianne Penn reports.

Speaking from Norway, Mr. Ban called for more action to reach the world's most vulnerable people—those who have not shared in the improvements over the past 15 years. 

Progress, he said, has not reached everyone and it is the poor who are mostly being affected by conflict and climate change. 

"Too many people have been left behind, particularly the poorest and those disadvantaged because of their sex, age, disability, ethnicity or geographic location.  Too many women and children continue to die during pregnancy or from childbirth-related complications.   And too many people lack adequate sanitation facilities, especially in rural areas." 

Mr. Ban described the MDGs as a "springboard" for future progress. 

He said the world cannot allow these hard-won and fragile gains to be diminished or reversed. 

While in Norway, Mr. Ban briefed the country's Foreign Minister, Børge Brende, on UN efforts to find a political solution in Syria and an end to the crisis in Yemen. 

They both agreed on the urgent need for countries to overcome hurdles in the negotiation process ahead of next week's Financing for Development Conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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