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Countdown to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals deadline.

mdgThe United Nations Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team here have begun the countdown to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals deadline.

With Guyana being a signatory to the UN goals, the local offices are working to assist Guyana achieve the eight goals that are aimed to improve the lives of citizens.

UN Resident Coordinator Khadija Musa says with just 800 days remaining for the target she is convinced that there is still time to achieve the goals.

She stressed the importance the media can play to get society to ascertain progress and ensure key issues such as health, education, HIV/AIDS, and food security are addressed.

Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh reported that Guyana has seen progress in the eight areas but said there still remain challenges like maternal mortality.

Guyana has already met the targets for nutrition and child health, and is on track to achieve the goals relating to education, water and sanitation, and HIV/AIDS.

Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, Achieve universal primary education, Promote gender equality and empower women, Reduce child mortality are the top four millennium development goals.

The other areas the UN is hoping to improve in countries like Guyana includes improvement in maternal health, Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, Ensure environmental sustainability and develop a Global Partnership for Development.

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