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MDG report 2013: UN calls on nations to step up efforts

Jul 04, 2013

Countries across the world have already made great strides on health targets, and are within close reach of achieving them by 2015.

The United Nations has urged nations to step up efforts to achieve the eight anti-poverty targets by the 2015 deadline of Millennium Development Goals or MDGs. A UN report asserted that the unmet goals are still within reach after the world body set these targets 13 years ago.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the report's foreword has urged for accelerated action to close development gaps. He said, now is the time to step up efforts to build a more just, secure and sustainable future for all.

Agreed upon by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS and malaria reduction, and a global partnership for development.

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 shows how the combined actions of governments, civil society and the private sector have made substantial progress in meeting many of the targets, while also pointing out areas that are falling behind and require immediate attention.

The targets that have already been met include halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and providing more than two billion people with access to improved sources of drinking water.

Countries have also made great strides on health targets, and are within close reach of achieving them by 2015.

These include reducing the mortality rates from malaria and tuberculosis and stopping HIV infections.

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