The ’MDG Summit’ concluded late Wednesday night, following the adoption of a global action plan to achieve the eight anti-poverty goals by their 2015 target date and the announcement of major new commitments for women’s and children’s health and other initiatives against poverty, hunger and disease.
The outcome document of the three-day Summit – Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals – reaffirms world leaders’ commitment to the MDGs and sets out a concrete action agenda for achieving the Goals by 2015.
Based on examples of success and lessons learned over the last ten years, the document spells out steps to be taken by all stakeholders to accelerate progress on each of the eight Goals. It also affirms that, despite setbacks due to the economic and financial crises, remarkable progress has been made on fighting poverty, increasing school enrollment and improving health in many countries, and the Goals remain achievable.
In his remarks to the closing plenary, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the summit had laid a solid foundation for the progress needed in the quest to achieve the MDGs by 2015. “All the key issues and ideas have been on the table – part of the discussion – and now part of the outcome document. Jobs, especially green jobs. Inclusive and sustainable development. The need for a successful Doha Trade Round outcome. Smallholder farming, food and nutrition security. Inclusive financial services. Women’s health and empowerment. A rejuvenated global partnership,” he stressed.
Noting that the push forward should “begin now, this very minute,” he added, “In the past, we have seen that when the spotlights are switched off, world attention quickly moves on to other issues. With only five years left, we cannot let that happen…. The consequences of doing otherwise are profound: death, illness and despair, needless suffering, lost opportunities for millions upon millions of people.”
Mr. Ban highlighted the need to “hold each other accountable” and said he would look ahead, beyond the deadline for the Goals, in response to the request in the outcome document, to initiate a process that will result in a post-2015 framework for the development work of the UN. “I ask that all of you also consider the long-term, even as you intensify your efforts to achieve the Goals in the next five years,” he concluded.
The draft outcome document is available online: http://www.un.org/en/mdg/summit2010...
Access the webcast of the plenary meetings: http://www.un.org/webcast
This article will be updated with more detailed analysis of the Summit and reactions from civil society stakeholders.
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