The United Nations will hold a special meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, which will coincide with the opening of the General Assembly in September, Xinhua reports.

“There is not much time to the 2015 deadline (of the MDG), but still much distance to travel,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said before the 14th summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa.

Ban cited the global recession, energy crisis, food insecurity and climate change as factors hampering development.

The September summit, he hopes, will gather increased support in pursuing the MDGs and focus attention on gaps requiring urgent action such as protecting women and children.

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    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.