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MDG Summit: Significant gains and failures

The results are not surprising, but they are sobering: if there is not a decisive turnaround over the next five years, none of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be achieved by 2015. Read more! (2010)

The United Nations is in danger of failing to measure up to the yardstick it has set itself. The interim results are especially bad in the case of the first goal: instead of the number of people suffering from hunger being halved, more and more people are affected – the figure is now over one billion people, which is more than ever before. At the UN High-Level Plenary Meeting on the MDGs (“MDG Review Summit”) in New York from the 20th to the 22nd of September 2010, discussions will be held on how global failure can still be averted. Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to attend, as is US President Barack Obama, who wants to present a new initiative there – hope for a positive change of direction in the fight against poverty?

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