Speech by French President Nicolas Sarkozy during the Millenium Objectives Summit, New York, 20 September
Speech delivered by the President of the French Republic, Mr Nicolas Sarkozy during the Millenium Objectives Summit to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA on September 20 2010
Heads of Government,
Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Ten years ago, the world decided to reduce extreme poverty by half; to guarantee education for all children; to cut infant mortality by two thirds; to improve maternal health; to combat AIDS and malaria; and to promote gender equality.
That was 10 years ago. Considerable progress has been made, but we still have a very long road ahead of us. We have five years to meet our objectives.
During the past two years, the world has experienced an unprecedented economic crisis. That raises the question: Will we use the crisis as a pretext to do less, or, on the contrary, will we give ourselves a necessary jump-start, will we fulfill our promises?
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