STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON
OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

On International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The President of the General Assembly calls on all to use the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty to join him and take part in the world wide campaign to stand up and speak out against poverty and for the Millennium Developments Goals.

The President believes that the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty provides an excellent opportunity to focus attention on the first Millennium Development Goal, to halve extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. He commends the commitment of men, women and children around the world who have taken up this initiative and strive to draw greater international attention to extreme poverty. He is especially grateful for the work of the members of International Movement ATD Fourth World – a group of whom he met this morning -- for their unwavering efforts and self-sacrifice in this effort.

The President notes that Member States support his initiative to make the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals a priority for the 62nd session of the General Assembly. He has expressed concern that many countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, are not on target to achieve any of the goals. He believes that the mid-point for attainment of the goals by 2015 provides an excellent opportunity for the international community to review progress on implementation of the MDGs, recommit efforts and resources to reach the agreed targets.
 
The President on his part pledges to continue to stand up and speak out against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals for the full duration of the 62nd session and to urge Member States to use the current General Assembly session to build consensus for urgent action to achieve the MDGs.

New York
17 October 2007

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