The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday asked heads of State ,business representatives , civil society and philanthropic organizations to fuel a final push to propel the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) across the finishing line.
The day-long meeting – formally called MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact and convened by the Secretary-General – has so far generated some $2.5 billion in pledged funds towards boosting MDG achievement.
In his remarks at the opening of the event, Mr. Ban acknowledged that progress remains incomplete in reaching the eight Goals agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, which aim to slash extreme poverty and hunger, ensure access to universal health care and education, achieve gender equality, cut maternal and child mortality, secure environmental stability, reduce HIV/AIDS and forge a global partnership for development, all by the end of 2015.
But, he added: “This bold experiment has helped to catalyze one of the greatest surges in human well-being that the world has ever seen. Thirteen years later, I am pleased to report that success in many areas and many countries is within reach. Poverty has plummeted, health has begun to improve and literacy has soared. What first seemed fanciful and naïve to some has become achievable.”
Although many MDGs are yet to be met, Mr. Ban told the meeting, held on the margins of this year’s General Assembly annual general debate, that success is within reach because people working together all over the world have proved that transformational change is possible in an accelerated timeframe.