Ukraine on right track to achieving MDGs, says president

13:33, September 23, 2010      

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Ukraine is successfully meeting its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with significantly reduced poverty population and an improved health care situation, Viktor Yanukovych, president of Ukraine, said Wednesday.

Ukraine performs "quite well" on education, and reducing child mortality and maternal health has improved "notably," Yanukovych said while addressing a high-level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly on MDGs.

"To reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) consistent internal efforts of all member states and close cooperation between all nations is required," the Ukrainian president said.

"Solidarity between states, mutual support and responsibility is key to the well-being of each country and the world as a whole, " he said.

Current reform programs in Ukraine are socially orientated and closely associated with the implementation of the MDGs, carrying out modernization of its economy and focus to establish a modern technology-based economy, and also ensure high living standards to protect the most vulnerable groups.

Yanukovych reaffirmed Ukraine's determination to reach the MDGs, as well as their commitment to the broadest international cooperation under the UN auspices.

Priorities for Ukraine include: ensuring the well-being of the people, reducing poverty, achieving high health care standards, fighting against HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, ensuring accessibility and high quality of education, environmental safety and gender equality.

"The Goals have become a cornerstone of the social development strategy and a conceptual framework for Ukraine's cooperation with international contributors," he said.

"Being committed to the MDGs, Ukraine considers their achievement to be a major target for the national economy," Yanukovych added.

Last year, Ukraine became a contributor to the UN World Food Program.

Source: Xinhua


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