International Development Leaders Hail Programs that are Advancing Millennium Development Goals

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
USAID Press Office

NEW YORK, N.Y. - At a high profile event during the UN General Assembly in New York, Dr. Rajiv Shah, head of USAID, and Andrew Mitchell, UK Secretary for International Development, highlighted a set of programs as bringing about a significant step towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The MDGs are a set of internationally agreed targets on reducing global poverty by 2015.

UK Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, said: "These projects are making a real difference toward reducing poverty. We want to hold it up to the world, so others can learn from these successes. It demonstrates that development buys results - it shows that through innovations we can deliver inspirational change to people's lives."

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah said: "To meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, we must work more effectively and efficiently to deliver meaningful results for the people we serve. By working directly with country governments and local partners, we can increase transparency and support more innovative projects with the potential to transform development."

As the international community counts down to 2015, the US and UK are determined to inspire action by celebrating successes and innovations across the MDGs. The event MDG Countdown: Successes and Innovations looked at what has worked and why, how it could work elsewhere and at scale. The first event of this series highlighted programs, policies and partnerships from Brazil, Gambia, Zambia, Peru, Ethiopia, Nepal, Vietnam and from the GAVI Alliance.

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