Achieving millennium goals is crucial to global development beyond 2015, says UN chief

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 08 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4519
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

The secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has called for a final push towards achieving the millennium development goals (MDGs).

He said that, after the deadline for the goals passes next year, there must be a strong and ambitious successor blueprint that will “leave no one behind.” A major focus of the new agenda will be on limiting climate change and tackling inequality in rich and poor countries, he said.

A new report on progress towards the eight MDGs set in 2000 showed that many targets had already been met, such as halving extreme poverty, halving the proportion of people without access to drinking water, and ensuring that as many girls as boys enrol …

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