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Friday, 17 September 2010

President Barroso at the UN High Level Summit on MDGs

From 20 to 22 September, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs will participate in the UN High Level Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in New York. The meeting aims at reviewing progress made towards the development goals and adding additional momentum into the global fight against poverty. As the world leading donor, contributing with around 56% of global aid, the EU remains firmly committed to reaching the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and will call on all partners to increase their efforts and focus on results. To this end, the European Commission has proposed to devote up to €1 billion to reward performing partner countries and to support the most off-track ones in recognition of their engagement and needs. The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso said: “The European Commission is and will remain fully committed to ensure progress towards the Millennium Development goals. I firmly believe that they are achievable with strong political commitment from all partners and the right policies and resources. With only five years away of our target date, we now need to move up a gear. Some progress has been made to which the EU and the Commission contributed largely. But more remains to be done. Donors must live up to their promises and developing countries must take their future in their own hands. It is about solidarity, ownership and co-responsibility. We have a commitment to better the lives of billions of people and give everyone the chance to live in dignity. We must not fail those most in need. By working together we can and we will reach the goals by 2015.”

Source: European Commission