Global partnership critical for achieving MDGs: Latvia

13:29, September 23, 2010      

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Latvia said here Wednesday that strengthened global partnership is required to accelerate progress towards achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Taking the floor at the UN high-level meeting on MDGs, which entered its third day here, Latvian President Valdis Zatlers said that although significant progress has been made, much more remains to be done.

Improving results and targeting the key sectors for gender, education, health and food security are of "utmost importance," he said.

"Latvia believes that in order to accelerate progress towards the MDGs there is a need for strengthened global partnership for development as reflected in MDG 8," Zatlers said.

Financial aid alone is not enough to ensure development progress in the partner countries, he said. "Much greater emphasis must be put on improving aid effectiveness."

But the road of development is not "easy," Zatlers said, adding that the global community faces "unexpected challenges," such as natural disasters, to achieving the MDGs

"People of Latvia were deeply shocked by the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti and contributed for immediate for immediate assistance," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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