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Ban Ki-moon - 1,000 Days to the Deadline of the Millennium Development Goals
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Ban Ki-moon - 1,000 Days to the Deadline of the Millennium Development Goals
THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

VIDEO MESSAGE FOR 1,000 DAYS TO THE DEADLINE OF THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS

New York, 5-12 April

Through events around the world, we are now marking 1,000 days to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history.

World poverty has been cut in half. More girls are in school. Child mortality has dropped. We are fighting killer diseases. The list goes on.

But, too many women still die in childbirth, when we have the means to save them. Too many communities still lack access to sanitation. Too many families are still being left behind.

We have 1,000 days to close the gaps – 1,000 days to accelerate action.

Here are four ways to step-up our efforts.

First, scale up success through strategic, targeted investments – in health, education, energy and sanitation. Above all, by empowering women and girls who can boost results in all other areas.

Second, focus on the poorest and most vulnerable countries that are finding it most difficult to make progress despite their best efforts.

Third, keep our fiscal promises. These are difficult budgetary times. But we cannot balance budgets on the backs of the most vulnerable.

Fourth, let us re-energize the global movement from governments to the grassroots that has made such a difference.

Action now will improve lives and add momentum as we look beyond 2015 to the challenges of sustainable development.

The MDGs have helped unite, inspire and change the world.

In the next 1,000 days, let us give 1,000 percent.

Thank you.
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