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Chinese premier attends UN summit on MDGs (09/25/08)

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attended the United Nations High-level Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Thursday morning and gave a keynote speech on China's development objectives.

In his speech, Wen urged the international community, especially developed nations, to intensify efforts to realize the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

He promised that China will take a series of actions to help poor countries attain the Millennium Development Goals, including providing them with agricultural technology support and more food assistance.

China will also "cancel the outstanding interest-free loans extended to least developed countries that mature before the end of 2008," he said.

Convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the high-level event is aimed at generating future action to realize the MDGs by 2015.

Representatives of some 150 countries, including more than 90 heads of state or government, are attending the meeting.

This is the first summit-level gathering on the MDGs since September 2000, when world leaders committed to the goals laid out in the Millennium Declaration.

World leaders have vowed to halve extreme poverty and improve the situation in eight areas including health, education, women's rights, environment, the protection of children and the establishment of a global development cooperation partnership.


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