Costa Rica on "right track" to achieve MDGs, says president

13:34, September 23, 2010      

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Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla Miranda said here Wednesday that the Latin American country is on the "right track" to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and "even exceed them," but stressed that more needs to be done.

"Due to our historic commitment to collective welfare and our determination of reaching the Millennium Development Goals, Costa Rica is on the right track to achieve them and even exceed them by 2015," Miranda said at the UN high-level meeting on the MDGs, which entered its third day here Wednesday.

The MDGs, endorsed by world leaders in September 2000, set out eight targets which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015.

"This is not enough," and the Costa Rican efforts are also directed to the "constant expansion of opportunities, to the reduction of social and regional disparities," she said.

"For us, rhetoric is useless; results are imperative," Miranda said.

As the first woman president in Costa Rica, Miranda said she is "particularly proud" of the third MDG goal on the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women.

"Today, nearly 40 percent of the members of Congress, and almost 30 percent of the members of the Supreme Court of Justice, are women," Miranda said.

Source: Xinhua


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