MDG 8 "essential" to meeting all goals: Uruguay

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Luis Almagro Lemes, minister for foreign affairs of Uruguay, said here on Wednesday that building international partnerships for development, as mandated by the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 8, is integral to achieving all of the rest of the goals.

Lemes made the statement as he spoke to a high-level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which entered its third day here on Wednesday.

The MDGs are a set of eight objectives for international development that world leaders have promised to meet by 2015. The eighth goal sets standards for global development partnerships, asking countries to contribute to the financial well-being and elimination of poverty in less developed nations.

"Compliance with development goal number 8 is essential for achieving the other millennium development goals, since commitment to development must be a collective commitment," Lemes said.

He said that though his country has been doing its part in working toward the MDGs, such cooperation between countries is very helpful in facilitating development progress.

"International trade, technology transfer, affordable access to medicines, an enduring solution to the problems of external debt and compliance with the commitments to ODA (official development assistance), just to mention a few of the goals established in this framework, are fundamental in the efforts carried out at all levels in order to achieve development," Lemes said.

The world's rich countries agreed to give 0.7 percent of their gross national income as official international development aid, annually. However, only five European countries, namely Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Denmark, have carried out their pledges.

Source: Xinhua


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