Minister tells U.N. gathering that deadline for Millennium Goals nears

Costa Rican officials are looking to offer their help for global development. This week the minister of planning, Olga Marta Sánchez, represented the country in a United Nations political forum concerning the Millennium Development Goals, which were established in 2000 to improve lives around the world.

There are eight millennium goals in all, ranging from eradicating extreme global poverty rates to providing universal primary education. The initial goal was to reach each target by 2015, and a number of goals have been reached.

The meetings that lasted from Monday to Wednesday were carried out under the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council.

Ms. Sánchez explained that these obstacles the world has overcome – like supplying drinking water to 2..3 billion people and reduction in global hunger – are encouraging steps. However, she warned that only a few months remained until the project’s end date and that countries have not met their goals in some areas.

“Despite the strengths and notable success in some areas, we shouldn’t be satisfied,” she said. “The new agenda of development post-2015 needs to be transformative enough to allow for our strategic priorities to be carried out in the best possible way.”

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