Ban Calls for New MDG Action Plan

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon encouraged the international community to develop and adopt a new action plan to boost progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

Ban said the plan should seek efficient, effective and collective action from governments, private businesses, civil society actors, charities and multilateral institutions. He suggested the plan be based on his MDG report, dubbed “Keeping the Promise,” which he presented in a press conference in New York.

The U.N chief noted that while successes in some of the world’s poorestcountries show that the MDGs are achievable, progress across nations is  uneven because of inadequate resources, lack of accountability and a focus and unmet financial commitments.

Ban said it is time for the international community, especially donors, to pick up the pace: “If nations deliver on the financial commitments that they have already made, we can achieve the goals.”

The international community is scheduled to further assess progress on the MDGs in a high-level summit in September.

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