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Latin American Leaders, U.N.’s Ban Urge Sustained Commitment To MDGs

News outlets report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the call from Latin American leaders and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for sustained commitment to achieve thoseĀ goals, and talks surrounding the establishment of new development goals.

Thomson Reuters Foundation: As U.N. meets, world struggles for soul of new development goals
“How do you distill a global push for social, economic, and environmental progress into a short, simple list of targets? That is the Herculean task facing world leaders in the next two years, as the 2015 expiry date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches…” (Rowling, 9/25).

U.N. News Centre: Leaders from Latin America, Caribbean region urge action to erase inequality, spur development
“Inequality is one of the greatest threats to development and international security because it fosters poverty, exclusion and breeds social unrest, resentment, and violence, said Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, the first among several leaders from the Latin America and the Caribbean region to address the General Assembly [Wednesday]…” (9/24).

U.N. News Centre: As development goals near deadline, Ban urges global leaders to ‘finish the job’
“Great gains have been made in the global effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, known worldwide as the ‘MDGs,’ but with the deadline fast approaching more must be done to fully meet the targets set for 2015 and beyond, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Thursday]…” (9/25).

U.N. News Centre: Lauding global success in fighting hunger, Ban urges sustained commitment
“Despite a rising global population and the perilous effects of climate change, the goal of eliminating hunger around the world remains within reach, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Thursday]…” (9/25).