Meeting MDG targets depends on "national ownership, good governance": Slovakia

13:30, September 23, 2010      

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Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic on Wednesday said meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the world's developing countries "is conditional upon national ownership and good governance."

"Each country is responsible for its own economic and social development, therefore, all national development policies and strategies must respect this basic principle, and all domestic resources must be effectively mobilized and utilized to this end," he said.

The statement came as Gasparovic addressed a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on the status of the eight anti-poverty MDGS.

In the aftermath of the global economic and financial crises, Gasparovic said the MDGs "reflect the most sensitive problems of our global world which, unless addressed, will foil any endeavor aimed at achieving sustainable security, social and economic stability, and quality of the environment on our planet.

Throughout the past decade, Gasparovic noted that progress in fulfilling the goals has been "uneven in geographical and thematic terms."

For the MDGs to be achieved "it is necessary to look for ways of ensuring more efficient financing with particular emphasis on the key role of the private sector," he said.

Established in 2000 by the UN General Assembly, the MDGs are comprised of eight time-bound targets for combating poverty, disease epidemics and other global ills by the year 2015.

Source: Xinhua


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