UNDP chief urges accelerated progress toward realizing anti-poverty goals

10:45, June 18, 2010      

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The head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Thursday called on world leaders to make "accelerated progress" toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline.

Helen Clark, the UNDP administrator, made the appeal at a press conference announcing the launch of an international assessment on the eight anti-poverty targets that world leaders have agreed to achieve.

"This year needs to spark five years of accelerated progress," she told reporters.

As the United Nations is poised to host a summit on the MDGs in September, world leaders need to consider an "acceleration framework" based on real-life national successes, Clark said.

"For those who live in extreme poverty around the world the MDGs have never been just aspirational targets or abstract goals. We see achieving the MDGs as a very important milestone in the quest for a better and more peaceful world."

The new report by UNDP, entitled "What will it take to achieve the Millennium Development Goals? An international assessment," identified a range of tried-and-tested policies that experts said would help member states achieve those goals on time, when scaled up in ways that were appropriate to different national contexts.

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