HIGHLIGHTS-World leaders discuss U.N. poverty goals

Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:25am GMT
 

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (Reuters) - World leaders called on Tuesday for greater efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, to halve global poverty and hunger by 2015.

Read more about the summit [ID:nN21178205].

SOUTH AFRICAN FOREIGN MINISTER MAITE NKOANA-MASHABANE ON AFRICA'S PROGRESS

"If Africa fails to achieve the MDGs, the world would have failed.

"With only five years left to achieve the MDGs, all nations need a far greater sense of urgency."

POLISH FOREIGN MINISTER RADOSLAW SIKORSKI ON MISMANAGEMENT

"The necessity of increasing aid effectiveness has become a common refrain. ... Yet few it seems have the stomach to tackle head-on mismanagement.

"We need to cut the fat and redirect scarce resources to the intended recipients."

RWANDAN PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME ON DEVELOPED WORLD, NGOS

"Despite their good intentions, their perspective is often predicated on paternalism not on partnership, on charity not on self-reliance, and on promises unfulfilled rather than real change on the ground.

"We in the developing world also could do more. We have to reflect deeply on how we have driven this agenda so far and why we are lagging behind on these targets."

ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER MELES ZENAWI ON 'LOST OPPORTUNITIES'

"We need to do more and better than we have so far if we are to make up for lost opportunities over the years.

"There is no doubt in my mind that we in the developing world have to do more and better to take charge of our destiny, to design programs and strategies appropriate to our circumstances and mobilize our own resources as the primary means of achieving the MDGs."

LIBERIAN PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF ON NEED FOR JOBS

"It is clear that (Africa) still has far to go, yet I know that if we intensify and focus our efforts we will ultimately achieve them.

"We must recognize the need for inclusive economic growth ... sustained growth that creates jobs especially for youth and that help the poor and in sectors that help women."

ITALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER FRANCO FRATTINI ON CRISIS IMPACT

"Our governments had to fall short of their commitments to development because of financial constraints, and in the EU, budget requirements.

"In these circumstances, the single most useful thing Europe can do for developing countries is to put its own economy back on a path of sustainable growth so the South can fully benefit from expanding demand in the North."

IRANIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD ON GLOBAL CAPITALISM

"Now that the discriminatory order of capitalism and the hegemonic approaches are facing defeat and are getting close to their end, all-out participation in upholding justice and prosperous inter-relations is essential."

CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER ON ACCOUNTABILITY

"Our discussions should be less about new agreements and more about accountability for existing ones, less about lofty promises than real results and less about narrow self-interest in sovereignty's name than an expanded view of mutual interest in which there is room for all to grow and prosper."

NORTH KOREAN VICE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS PAK KIL YON ON SECURITY

"Louder voices for poverty eradication and sustainable development are coming from one side of the globe, but there are more rampant moves coming from the other side -- armed invasions, military threats, sanctions, blockades targeted at sovereign states.

"It is imperative to create a peaceful environment before anything else, if aggression and intervention continue ... the world will be further destabilized and driven into fear leaving developing countries to suffer from hunger and poverty." (Compiled by Helen Popper)

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