Doha conference urges more efforts to achieve MDGs

December 3rd, 2008 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Doha, Dec 3 (DPA) Participants at the Doha Review Conference for Development Finance have called for the international community to redouble its efforts to achieve the UN millennium development goals (MDGs).”In a world that has witnessed fast technological advances, poverty, hunger and easily preventable diseases continue to threaten our future generations and we are far from our millennium (development) pledge to provide universal primary education for those who do survive,” read part of the statement issued at the end of the four-day conference.

The UN MDGs are eight development goals, which include eradication of extreme poverty, universal pimrary education, women empowerment and fighting HIV/AIDS, among others, to be achieved by 2015.

The conference, which ended Tuesday, was intended to review progress on a series of pledges made at the 2002 UN Monterrey Conference on Financing for Development, which made promises on debt relief and mobilizing financial resources for development.

The Doha leaders urged developed countries to increase official development aid to developing countries. They also pledged to eradicate poverty and achieve sustained economic growth and promote sustainable development.

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, special envoy of the UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon for the Conference and Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in Germany, said that the conference scored important success, stressing that the world stands united in the face of the global financial crisis.

“Decisions taken here (in Doha) include a call for improving financial systems in the global market. Discussions will also continue to find a financial road map,” she said in a press conference earlier Tuesday.

She explained that discussions will continue at a summit to be held next April in London. It will also continue at the high-level conference to be organized by the United Nations next year to consider the effects of the financial crisis on development.

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