At Special Event on MDGs, world leaders agree to scale up efforts against poverty
World leaders meeting at United Nations Headquarters on 25 September agreed to take bolder action against extreme poverty, hunger and disease. During the Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), countries adopted an outcome document which acknowledges the progress made since the eight global targets were set in 2000, while also committing to do more to tackle many remaining challenges and accelerate progress.

The President of the General Assembly, John W. Ashe, who convened the event, stressed that fulfilling existing commitments must be a priority for Member States, as the new development agenda will build on the MDGs. Countries also agreed to hold a high-level summit in September 2015 to adopt a new set of goals for sustainable development: providing economic transformation and opportunity to lift people out of poverty, advancing social justice and protecting the environment.

The European Union and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also announced they would step up efforts to reduce hunger in six countries before 2015 through agricultural development activities worth nearly 60 million.

More information: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/social/new-development-goals.html

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