NGO alliance welcomes UN plan to eradicate extreme poverty, urges U.S. government engagement

WASHINGTON (May 30, 2013) – Leading NGO alliance InterAction welcomed on Thursday the release of a report by the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda that set a target of 2030 to end extreme poverty.

The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are set to expire in 2015 and the expert panel gathered in New York City today to propose a new international development agenda for the next two decades to UN member states. The new agenda was drawn up by a panel of global experts, co-chaired by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

“We applaud the report’s bold yet practical vision for lifting people out of poverty and preserving the world’s natural resources for future generations,” said Samuel A. Worthington, president and CEO of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international NGOs. “Since 1990, the number of people living in extreme poverty has been halved. However, 1.4 billion people still live on less than $1.25 a day; we have a way to go before the goal of eradicating extreme poverty is reached.” Read the rest of this entry »

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