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Special event on Millennium Development Goals

Millennium Development Goals
a special event during the 68 session of the General Assembly of the United Nations

A high-level meeting  was held on September 25th, at the 68 session of the UN General Assembly in order to asses the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals. Representatives of both the developing and the developed countries highlighted that progress has been made over the last decade in the elimination of poverty. At the same time they observed that more than a billion people in the world suffer from hunger, lack of access to basic health care and social marginalization. Women and children are particularly affected by poverty in developing countries. One of the biggest remaining problems is lack of security and injustice.

At the beginning of the debate, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon stressed that the wording of the 2000 Millennium Development Goals represented a breakthrough in the activities of the international community in the fight against poverty. So far not all of them, and not in full extent, have been achieved. Future development objectives must be universal, based on human rights.

Emphasis should be placed on the empowerment of women, young people and marginalized groups. It is necessary to protect natural resources, sustainable consumption and production, and support efforts to combat climate change.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso stressed the European Union's determination to continue efforts to combat poverty. Among the factors determining development he mentioned good governance, equality, the rule of law, stability and peace. The elimination of poverty, injustice and inequality is, according to the President of the European Commission, possible within a single generation. Partnership of governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector is indispensable. See full text of the speech made by the President of the European Commission.

In the debate the developing countries were represented by Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, Donald Ramotar, President of Guyana and Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, speaking on behalf of the Group 77 and China. The challenges of development policy were addressed by Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway and John Kerry U.S. Secretary of State.

World Bank’s President, Jim Yong Kim noted the role of the private sector in development. Melinda and Bill Gates in their remarks emphasized the role of new technologies in overcoming barriers to development.

The „Outcome Document of the Special Event to Follow UP Efforts Made Towards Achieving the Millenium Development Goals”  adopted at a meeting is an assessment of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. It includes calls for greater efforts to reduce poverty by 2015 and sets the cornerstones of the development agenda beyond 2015.

At the meeting on the Millennium Development Goals the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was represented by the Department of Development Cooperation.

Development cooperation is one of the priorities of Polish foreign policy. We are committed to support the development efforts of partner countries. We are committed to delivery of humanitarian aid to victims of conflicts and natural disasters. The Polish aid projects financed from the state budget derive from the Multiannual development cooperation programme 2012-2015.

We encourage you to find out more about projects carried out thanks to public funding over the past few years.

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