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Global recession still threatens UN goals

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The world is doing well to reduce poverty but the global recession is still a threat to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the United Nations. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals Report 2009 shows that while we've done a lot to reduce the number of people in extreme poverty, the global economic downturn may stifle further progress if developed countries don't sustain their commitments. "To this end, Australia has restated its commitment to increase its development assistance to 0.5 percent of gross national income by 2015/16," said Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith in a statement. Children's health and education has also been a key factor in progress with a reduction in infant mortality and a rise in primary school enrolments.

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