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The 2005 World Summit


At the 2005 World Summit, world leaders met at the United Nations to forge an action plan for promoting international security, advancing human rights, reforming the United Nations, and achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

The final Summit outcome document provided a renewed global endorsement of the Millennium Development Goals, and built on the major international agreements of recent years to consolidate a practical plan of action. Crucially, leaders agreed that every country would, “A dopt, by 2006, and implement comprehensive national development strategies to achieve the internationally agreed development goals and objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals.” World leaders also agreed to adopt a number of "quick impact initiatives" in areas where rapid progress can be made, including the free distribution of malaria bed nets and effective anti-malarial treatments, the expansion of school meal programs using locally-produced foods, and the elimination of user fees for primary education. Leaders further agreed to launch an African Green Revolution and endorsed the operational goal of universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment services by 2010.

Endorsements follow:

H.E. Dr. Leonel Fernandez
President of the Dominican Republic

"The Millennium Development Goals allow us to improve our understanding of what needs to be done, while we are confronted with the challenge of designing a strategy and obtaining sufficient resources that would make the achievement of these Goals possible."

H.E. Mr. Meles ZENAWI
Prime Minister of Ethiopia

"With one third of the journey [from 2000 to 2015] completed, it has become clear that without additional joint effort on the part of all, it will be impossible for low-income and least developed countries such as Ethiopia to achieve the MDGs, most particularly to defeat extreme poverty, poverty that kills."

H.E. Mr. José Manuel BARROSO
President of the European Commission

"If others match Europe's increased aid, and trade and development initiatives; if we can support a successful conclusion to the Doha Development Round of world trade negotiations; if developing countries deliver on their side of the bargain; then I firmly believe that achieving the Millennium Development Goals will be within our grasp."

H.E. Mr. Manmohan SINGH
Prime Minister of India

"We must make greater efforts to mobilize the resources necessary to meet the Millennium Development Goals."

Managing Direcor of the International Monetary Fund

"As a partner in the global effort to reduce poverty, the IMF is a strong supporter of the Monterrey Consensus, and is committed to helping countries meet the Millennium Development Goals."

H.E. Mr. Nobutaka MACHIMURA
Minister for Foreign Affairs for Japan

"Japan is firmly committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and welcomes the recent trend to increase ODA on a global scale."

H.E. Mr. Joschka FISCHER
Deputy Federal Chancellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs for Germany

"The Millennium Development Goals are the social Magna Carta of our time. Our actions must be guided by them. Now we must continue working to make them binding."

H.E. Mr. John Agyekum KUFUOR
President of Ghana

"Africa, therefore, welcomes the recommendations put up by the UN Millennium Project for realistic programmes toward the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as the range of actions which its development partners intend to undertake to support the continent's efforts at sustainable development."

H.E. The Honourable Mwai KIBAKI
President of Kenya

"It gives me great pleasure to address this Summit on the Millennium Development Goals. In September 2000, world leaders committed themselves to reduce poverty and drastically improve people's lives by the year 2015. Five years down the line, a lot has happened but not evenly. One billion people around the world still live on less than one dollar a day. Millions of children still do not attend school. The list can go on and on, especially with regard to developing countries."

H.E. Mr. Olusegun OBSANJO
President of Nigeria, Speaking on Behalf of the African Union

"Africa needs genuine partnership in order to overcome its numerous challenges and problems. Among other options, Africa needs market access and investments to generate resources to meet the Millennium Development Goals."

H.E. Mr. Paul KAGAME
President of Rwanda

"It has become abundantly clear to us that attainment of the Millennium Development Goals is contingent on good political and economic governance."

H.E. Mr. Abdoulaye WADE
President of Sénegal

"La revue d'étape des Objectifs du Millénaire a montré que bien des handicaps sur la voie de leurs réalisations subsistent encore. Certes, certains obstacles sont intérieurs à nos pays : absence de paix, mauvaise gouvernance, pandémie du SIDA et autres maladies."

H.E. Mr. Emomali RAKHMONOV
President of Tajikistan

"Over these years much has been done for the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but it is obvious that the progress made is not quite sufficient."

H.E. Mr. Benjamin William MKAPA
President of Tanzania

"The Millennium Development Goals reflect our shared values about basic human rights—the right to life in dignity. We cannot turn our backs on these basic values and the duties they impose on all countries and governments."

Prime Minister of Thailand

"The Millennium Development Goals will not be achievable simply because of the internationally committed ODA percentage alone."

H.E. Mr. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI
President of Uganda

". . .we need to empower each country, at the earliest opportunity, to be able to endogenously generate resources that will fuel the sustainable implementation of the MDGs in each Country."

H.E. The Right Honourable Tony BLAIR
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

"Stalking this summit, like a spectre, are the Millennium Development goals. The struggle against global poverty will define our moral standing in the eyes of the future."

H.E. Mr. George W. BUSH
President of the United States of America

"To spread a vision of hope, the United States is determined to help nations that are struggling with poverty. We are committed to the Millennium Development goals. This is an ambitious agenda that includes cutting poverty and hunger in half, ensuring that every boy and girl in the world has access to primary education, and halting the spread of AIDS -- all by 2015."

President of the World Bank

"The Millennium Development Goals created a metric of accountability for which humanity will hold us answerable. It also placed in our hands a vital tool for measuring progress. But measurement alone will not bring results. Rapid progress has put many countries on track to meet the MDGs. But let us be honest. Many of the poorest countries, especially in sub-Saharan A frica, will not meet the targets on time. We must develop realistic plans to get them on track."

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