Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro says that Africa remains off-track in meeting world goals for fighting poverty, and is urging international support for the continent.

Presenting an update on sub-Saharan Africa’s progress towards obtaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of global anti-poverty and development targets to be achieved by 2015 – Ms. Migiro said the summit of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations, currently meeting in Heiligendamm, Germany, provides an opportunity for donor countries to lay out concrete timetables for how they will increase development assistance to African countries.

Migiro said that “challenges remain daunting, yet progress is emerging.”

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