Charity key to achieve MDGs, says UN chief

At a time of intense fiscal and budgetary constraint, charity takes on greater importance in global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.  The MDGs include issues like eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, reducing child mortality, and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases.

In a statement, Ban welcomed the second observance of the International Day of Charity, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly ‘at the initiative of the Permanent Mission of Hungary, to coincide with the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa whose good works for some of the human family’s poorest and most vulnerable members has been such an enormous inspiration’.


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