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Women in Mbalmayo, Cameroon Welcome Secretary-General.

Women in Mbalmayo, Cameroon Welcome Secretary-General.

“The eight Millennium Development Goals were a breakthrough. Together, we created a blueprint for ending extreme poverty. We defined achievable targets and timetables.”

“We have more development success stories than ever before. The transformative impact of the MDGs is undeniable. This is an achievement we can be proud of. But … the clock is ticking, with much more to do.”

“There is more to do for the mother who watches her children go to bed hungry – a scandal played out a billion times each and every night. There is more to do for the young girl weighed down with wood or water when instead she should be in school.”

“There is no global project more worthwhile. … Let us keep the promise.”

– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his opening remarks to the MDG Summit, 20 September 2010

“Between now and 2015, we must make sure that promises made become promises kept. The consequences of doing otherwise are profound: death, illness and despair, needless suffering, lost opportunities for millions upon millions of people.”

“The MDGs were never meant to be a one-way street – something that rich countries do for poor ones. Quite the contrary: our long-standing work for development in general has always been based on global solidarity – on a shared interest – on a powerful sense of community and linked fates in an interconnected world.”

– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his closing remarks to the MDG Summit, 22 September 2010