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Vol 49 No 20

Published 3rd October 2008

The Millennium stops here

The Millennium Goals remain elusive and controversial

After five days of grand summitry in New York last week, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was able to announce that US$16 billion had been raised in aid pledges to help the world's poorest countries achieve more of the UN's eight anti-poverty targets - the Millennium Development Goals - by 2015. Telling the General Assembly that 'we brought together a broad coalition for change', Ban reckoned the week's talks on Africa and the MDGs had raised $1.6 bn. for food security, $4.5 bn. for education and $3 bn. for anti-malaria campaigns.

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