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EU engages with the Eight Development Goals

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The eight millennium goals are on track. Poverty, child mortality and the number of people living in slums are down, but there is no universal access to HIV treatment and maternal mortality remains high as does the number of people suffering from hunger.

In 2015, over 600 million people worldwide will still be using unimproved water sources. Almost one billion people will be living on an income of less than $1.25 per day. Mothers will continue to die needlessly in childbirth. Men, women and children will die from preventable diseases.

The European Parliament´s wants to take a more active role to ensure the EU adopts a common position that is sustainable and stable, according to a study on what should be done with the millennium development goals after 2015 by the German Sudwind Institut. The study calls on to increase efforts between member states and poor developing countries or emerging countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China and to promote a more balanced approach based on sustainable development.

Polish Christian Democrat MEP Filip Kaczmarek, who is a member of the development committee, is writing a report called "Millennium 2000 goals and beyond 2015, a strong EU engagement". This is due to be voted on in committee at the end of April.

The Eight Millennium Development Goals are:

• Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

• Achieve universal primary education

• Promote gender equality and empower women

• Reduce child mortality

• Improve maternal health

• Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

• Ensure environmental sustainability

• Develop a global partnership for development

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