Progress On MDG Targets Is ‘Key Priority’ In 2010 For U.N. Secretary-General
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called 2010 “the year of development” and said “he would make the drive to achieve” the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)Â by 2015 “one of his key priorities this year,” Agence France-Presse/My Sinchew reports. AÂ special MDG summit, which will be held on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly session in September,Â will try to accelerate progressÂ towards the MDG targets, Ban said.Â He addedÂ that the meeting will look at what has already been achieved and will call on participants toÂ “reaffirm their commitment to achieve the eight MDGs set in 2000,” theÂ AFP/My SinchewÂ writes (1/12).
In March, ahead of the summit,Â BanÂ is expected to “presentÂ his own assessment [of MDG progress] to the membership on the gaps and needs on this issue,” according to the U.N. News CentreÂ (1/11). MDGÂ “targets include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS and other disease, ensuring environmental sustainability and creating a global partnership for development,” AFP/My Sinchew reports (1/11).
“‘My message is simple: The MDGs are too big to fail,’Â he said, highlighting the importance of investing in development to spur growth, boost security and improve the lives of families around the world,” according to Xinhua. “We are ready to act … ready to make 2010 a year of results for people,” Ban said of his priorities for the coming year (1/11).
Empowerment of women worldwideÂ is also one of Ban’s priorities, the U.N. News Centre writes. BanÂ “pointed to the need to work towards setting up the new gender entity to be established within the U.N., and step up efforts to prevent violence against women. The appointment of a Special Representative on the prevention of sexual violence in armed conflict will be announced soon, he added.” He said other major focus items for the year includeÂ conflict prevention and resolution,Â human rights expansionÂ and strengthening of the U.N. systemÂ (1/11).