Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello at UN for high-level meetings on global fight against poverty and hunger
Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., today begins
a visit to New York for high-level meetings at the United Nations
to step up the global fight against extreme poverty and hunger.
Global leaders are gathering this week to review progress towards
the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and discuss the development
of a new set of targets to guide international development efforts
once the deadline for the MDGs passes in 2015.
Speaking in New York, Minister Costello said:
"While we have made great progress on our ambitious goals to
halve the number of people living in poverty and hunger,
dramatically increase the number of children at primary school and
improve gender equality, we are lagging in critical areas,
including on our target to reduce the number of women who die
Ireland has played a pivotal role in securing agreement on a
clear roadmap for the negotiation of a new set of development
goals. This week is an important opportunity to take stock of the
remarkable progress that has been achieved since the Millennium
Development Goals were launched and refocus our efforts on
eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.
During our Presidency, Ireland worked with our EU partners to
make progress on the outstanding targets in the two years which
remain and to shape a new international framework to drive our
development efforts after 2015. I am looking forward to continuing
those efforts this week.”
During his visit, Minister Costello will meet UN agencies and
international partners to discuss measures to tackle hunger and
gender-based violence, provide support to countries in crisis such
as Somalia, and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities.