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27 February 2013
Helen Clark calls for ‘reinvigorated, transformational’ agenda
Bogota — New global development goals must reflect current realities while sustaining the vision and momentum of the original Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said Wednesday.
“The food, fuel, climate, economic, political, and security crises of
the first 12 years of this century have reminded us of how fragile
development gains can be in the face of shock and adversity,” she said
in opening remarks here to a global conference on “Making the MDGs Work.”
The conference, hosted by the Government of Colombia, comes just over
1,000 days before the 31 Dec. 2015 target set by the 2000 Millennium
Declaration, in which 189 national delegations pledged to work toward
eight goals such as reducing child and maternal mortality, expanding
access to clean water and sanitation, and tackling acute hunger.