UN anti-poverty conference winds up with eyes on prizes in 2015

15:40, September 23, 2010      

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Photo taken on Sept. 22, 2010 shows the venue of the UN high-level summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the UN headquarters in New York. The 3-day high-level summit concluded on Wendesday. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit at the UN headquarters in New York wound up on Wednesday with nearly as many solutions proposed for success as reasons for not closing in on objectives two-thirds of the way to 2015 but with an overall note of optimism.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said one thing obvious to him was "commitment." "The outcome document highlights decent work and green growth, nutrition and smallholder farming, inclusive financial service, women's health and empowerment -- all the key issues," he said.

"We saw resolve backed by resources, major concrete commitments to meet the Millennium Development Goals," he continued.

Ban was optimistic that the eight international development targets set 10 years ago would be reached by the deadline of 2015.

This, despite what he saw as a time when "tolerance is being tested, world leaders sent a message that highlights our common humanity, our common obligations, and our common future."

Ban also said despite the tough economic times most of the world was in, "We have said that the crisis is no excuse for letting up our efforts, it underscores the need for action."

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