|DESA News Vol. 13, No. 10||October 2009|
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recognizes that "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.”
In words of the Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, “the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are more than a set of targets; they are a solemn promise to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Noting that better economic times helped to strengthen the global partnership for development, the international community must show that it "can also work together in bad times – when the poor, the sick and the vulnerable need us most."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced optimism that negotiations for an ambitious new climate change agreement are on the “right track”, after he wrapped up the largest-ever high-level gathering on climate change on 22 September. Mr. Ban also warned that momentum must be maintained in the run-up to December’s conference in Copenhagen to ensure success.
The 2009 Report of the Secretary-General’s MDG Gap Task Force, “Strengthening the Global Partnership for Development in a Time of Crisis,” launched on 16 September, warns that, with less than six years to go until 2015, the international community is far behind in meeting the Eighth Millennium Development Goal and its agreed targets on Official Development Assistance (ODA), Access to Markets, Debt Sustainability, Access to Affordable Essential Medicines and Access to new Technologies.
Ms. Catherine Peluso, Executive Officer for DESA, OHRLLS and OSAA, retired on 30 September after a long and distinguished career with the Organization. With her dedication to the ideals of the organization, her rich knowledge of the UN administration system, experienced advice and open door policy to staff and management alike, she has made invaluable contribution to the successful implementation of the programme of work of the Department.
64th session, New York
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