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Marie-Josée Jacobs, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of Luxembourg, takes part in the Summit on the Millennium Development Goals

Published Wednesday September 22 2010

From 20 to 22 September, the Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Marie-Josée Jacobs, took part in the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In her speech at the General Assembly, the Minister recalled that « the fight against poverty is a long-term effort, and the road to sustainable development is paved with obstacles ». Although we have not yet reached all the results we had hoped for, « the impatience of those who tend to question the MDGs for their lack of immediate gratification is ill-advised ». Far from denying the truth of the mixed results obtained so far in the implementation of certain MDGs, Mrs. Jacobs advocated redoubling efforts precisely « in the sectors and regions that are most lagging behind », for example in the fight against maternal mortality. « The long way ahead and the huge task that remains to be accomplished force us to use all means at our disposal, to start keeping our promises, in the North as well as in the South, towards the poorest. (…) This is what Luxembourg has been committed to for years, as a trustworthy partner and donor, with an official development aid of 1 % of its GNI ». In conclusion, the Minister recalled « that 2015 is only a step on the road, that it is only halfway to the eradication of poverty » before adding that « without losing sight of the intermediary objectives of the MDGs, it is essential to start thinking now about the post-2015 period ». 

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