World’s most vulnerable are being left behind in efforts to reach millennium development goals, says UN chief

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 07 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4269
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Despite major advances that have lifted millions of people out of poverty and saved the lives of countless children, reaching all the United Nations’ millennium development goals by 2015 poses daunting challenges, Ban Ki-moon, the UN chief, said this week.

“Progress tends to bypass those who are lowest on the economic ladder or are otherwise disadvantaged because of their sex, age, disability, or ethnicity,” he said.

During the launch in Geneva of the Millennium Development Goals Report 2011, the UN secretary general said that the work to meet the targets has already reduced numbers of maternal deaths, increased access to clean water, and freed many people from …

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