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Mr. Juraj Riecan, Supervision
Ms. Neda Jafar, Developer and Administrator
Mr. Roy Doumit, Assistant Administrator, Maintenance of themes on NSS, Youth
Ms. Zeina Sinno, Maintenance of themes on Population, Health
Ms. Lubna Ismail, Maintenance of themes on Gender
Mr. Raffi Shirinian, MDG, Statistical Literacy and Societal Progress
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  Introduction and Background
 
Introduction and Background

   "Eradicating extreme poverty continues to be one of the main challenges of our time, and is a major concern of the international community. Ending this scourge will require the combined efforts of all, governments, civil society organizations and the private sector, in the context of a stronger and more effective global partnership for development. The Millennium Development Goals set time-bound targets, by which progress in reducing income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter and exclusion — while promoting gender equality, health, education and environmental sustainability — can be measured. They also embody basic human rights — the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter and security. The Goals are ambitious but feasible and, together with the comprehensive United Nations development agenda, set the course for the world’s efforts to alleviate extreme poverty by 2015. "

                                           United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon
 

   The General Assembly, by its resolution 53/202 of 17 December 1998, decided to designate the fifty-fifth session of the General Assembly “The Millennium Assembly of the United Nations”, and to convene, as an integral part of the Millennium Assembly, a Millennium Summit of the United Nations.

   By its resolutions 53/239 of 8 June 1999, 54/254 of 15 March 2000 and 54/261 of 10 May 2000, the General Assembly further decided that the Millennium Summit would be held from 6 to 8 September 2000 in New York, under the overall theme “The role of the United Nations in the twenty-first century”.

   In September 2000, building upon a decade of major United Nations conferences and summits, world leaders came together at United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets - with a deadline of 2015 - that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals.

   The 2005 World Summit, held from 14 to 16 September at United Nations Headquarters in New York, brought together more than 170 Heads of State and Government. It was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to take bold decisions in the areas of development, security, human rights and reform of the United Nations. The agenda was based on an achievable set of proposals outlined in March 2005 by Secretary- General Kofi Annan in his report “In Larger Freedom”.

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