Posted by: APO | 7 January 2008

MDG Africa Steering Group

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL


OPENING REMARKS AT PRESS CONFERENCE

New York, 7 January 2008

 

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We must pay careful attention to these nations with special needs. We must heed the voices of the world’s poorest people, who too often go unheard.

 

For this reason, I shall work over the coming year to strengthen the UN’s role in development. We are at the mid-point of a great campaign to end world poverty, set forth in the Millennium Development Goals. Too many nations have fallen behind. We need fresh ideas and fresh approaches.

 

That is why, last year, I established the MDG Africa Steering Group.

In April, world leaders will gather in Accra, Ghana, for the UNCTAD summit on trade and development. In September, we will host a high-level meeting at the beginning of the General Debate. The goal: to re-energize the world’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, with special attention to the poorest of the poor.

 

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