Friday, September 5, 2008

UN says US, Japan, EU not doing enough on poverty

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In criticism aimed primarily at the United States, Japan and the European Union, a U.N. report said Thursday that rich nations haven't delivered on promises to help the world's poorest nations and must increase aid by $18 billion a year.

The report also criticized the failure of rich and poor countries to reach accord in seven years of negotiations on expanding global trade opportunities for developing countries as a way to reduce poverty. It called for redoubled efforts to produce a new trade treaty.

The report comes ahead of a Sept. 25 meeting of world leaders at U.N. headquarters to boost efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals adopted at a 2000 summit. The goals include cutting extreme poverty by half, ensuring universal primary school education and halting the AIDS pandemic, all by 2015.

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