Public Supports MDGs, UN Foundation Survey Finds

    Peruvian children bask in the rewards of a development initiative funded by the European Union in the localities of Pozuzo and Palcazu. Projects like this are designed with an eye on meeting the Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty and improving the lives of people around the world. Photo by: Enrique Castro Mendívil/EuropeAid

    The favorable rating of the United Nations among U.S. residents has climbed to 60 percent, according to data from the United Nations Foundation and its new Better World Campaign. This makes it the highest approval rating for the U.N. in five years.

    “The work of the United Nations is front and center on the world stage and Americans are taking notice,” U.N. Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth said in a press release. “Confronting an issue like global poverty requires a smart approach to global coordination and the U.N. is uniquely positioned to provide and deliver global coordination every single day.”

    Two-thirds of Americans see the need for the existence of the world body today, and a majority consider achieving seven of the eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015 as high priority, with access to safe drinking water and alleviating extreme hunger or poverty as the most important to accomplish, according to the press release.

    The survey includes results of four focus groups in Virginia and the District of Columbia, and a nationwide poll of 900 American voters. It took place from April 10 to April 14.

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