Outgoing UNGA president says agreement reached on MDG outcome document

15:15, September 14, 2010      

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With only one week left until the UN General Assembly's (GA) high-level meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), outgoing president of the 64th session of the GA Ali Abdussalam Treki, said on Monday that an agreement has been reached on the summit's outcome document.

The 192-member body has been locked in negotiations over the content of the document that intends to set a plan of action for achieving the eight development targets.

"Member states have indeed promised that they will be making every effort to achieve the MDGs by 2015, including through actions, policies and strategies defined in this declaration in support of developing countries, in particular those countries lagging most behind and those goals most off track," said Treki at a press conference here.

Despite the impact of the recent global economic and financial crises, donor countries have agreed to continue their funding of the development goals, he added.

"(Member states) are convinced that the MDGs can be achieved, including in the poorest countries, with effective implementation, and intensified collective action by all," said Treki.

The MDGs were established by the Millennium Declaration in 2000, in which 189 United Nations member states agreed to achieve eight development goals by the year 2015.

The goals include time-bound targets for reducing extreme poverty and child mortality rates, fighting disease epidemics and for promoting gender equality, education and environmental sustainability. The GA's high-level summit on the MDGs is set to take place from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22.



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