Chile to eradicate poverty by 2014, says president

13:40, September 23, 2010      

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Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said here Wednesday that Chile's goal is to eradicate poverty by 2014, a year ahead of the deadline, set out in 2000 in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

"We are well aware that these are very bold and ambitious targets," Pinera said at the UN high-level meeting on MDGs, which entered its third day here Wednesday. "But they are also fully attainable for this generation."

For poverty reduction, although Chile has made "very important progress," achieving a reduction from almost 40 percent in 1990 to just over 13 percent in 2006, the trend was reversed over the last three years, Pinera said.

From 2006 and 2009, poverty in Chile increased, "affecting over two and a half million of my compatriots," Pinera sad.

It's the best investment to strengthen democracy and to facilitate development, he said, adding that poor equality of education, lack of work and the weakness of the family are main contributing factors.

Chile is addressing the root cases through job creation, increasing public investment in school system, and an "ambitious agenda" to strengthen families by launching programs and extending coverage, for example, of daycare centers, Pinera said.

"By tackling poverty comprehensively, using two types of instrument, in the same way as the two blades of a pair of scissors cut through paper: instruments to attack its causes and instruments to mitigate its consequences," the president said.

Source: Xinhua


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