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President Barroso in New York: "the world has made great progress in fighting poverty"

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The President of the European Commission conveyed the EU’s strong and unwavering commitment to the elimination of poverty and to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

President Barroso on Wednesday attended a United Nations special event on the Millennium Development Goals. The event focused on accelerating achievement of those Goals and setting the roadmap for agreeing on a sustainable development framework beyond the 2015 target date.

"My political vision is that of a world where every man, woman and child lives in dignity and prosperity; where preventable infant and maternal mortality are confined to history; where poor access to water, to education and health services, and the abuse of fundamental human rights are things of the past; but also a world where we unite to address our shared global challenges, such as climate change and advance together on a more sustainable growth path."

The President also said that the European Union remains very committed to the MDGs. "I am proud of the contribution the European Union makes to the MDGs: Over the last ten years, we helped 70 million more households to have access to drinking water. 7.5 million births were attended by skilled health personnel. Our support has ensured that nearly 14 million more boys and girls benefit from primary education", the President added.

Looking forward, the twin tracks of poverty elimination and achieving sustainable development shall be brought together, leading to a single, ambitious and comprehensive post-2015 framework.

President Barroso supports the UN High Level Forum on Sustainable Development: "poverty and environmental degradation are unacceptable"

Updated 23 September

On Tuesday, President Barroso delivered a speech at the 1st High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

In his speech, President Barroso said: "Poverty is not only morally wrong, it is also economically unsustainable. Environmental degradation is not only ecologically wrong, it is also economically destructive. And both, poverty and environmental degradation are politically unacceptable"

Regarding the new Forum, the President said that the EU "will continue supporting the critical work of the HLPF to integrate better the three dimensions of sustainable development". "Sustainable development should be at the centre of a better coordinated UN system ", he added.

The establishment of the 1st High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development was decided at the Rio+20 Conference. This Forum will provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations for sustainable development and will follow-up and review progress in the implementation of sustainable development commitments.

The meetings of the forum will be convened every four years under the auspices of the General Assembly at the level of Heads of State and Government and every year under the auspices of ECOSOC.

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