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Millennium Development Goals: No more time to waste: de Brún

20 June, 2007

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún today called for urgent steps to be taken in response to the situation outlined in a report showing major gaps in reaching the target for development and partnership in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Speaking from Strasbourg as the European Parliament votes on an evaluation of the success of the Millennium Development Goals at their midpoint, Ms de Brún outlined the scale of development needed, with 854 million people going hungry every day, 77 million primary school age children currently not in school, the failure to meet the goals in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, and virtually no African country on track to achieve the goals set in relation to maternal and child health.

Ms de Brún noted that" this report should act as a wake-up call to those of us determined to achieve the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). Especially worrying is the report's pessimistic assessment on infant mortality rates as well as the increasing threat posed to developing countries from climate change."

"Debt cancellation must be counted separately from aid figures, so that citizens know how much actual aid their governments are giving. Aid must be de-coupled from requirements to buy goods from the donor countries and there must be an end to harmful conditions such as privatisation and trade liberalisation being attached to aid."

"We still have eight years to reach these goals and I am convinced that this report should inspire national governments and the EU to reassert their commitment to the MDGs and to take the necessary steps to meet them. There is still time if we act now!" ENDS

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