Millennium goals 'damaged by climate change'
Efforts to achieve anti-poverty millennium development goals (MDGs) could be reversed if climate change is not addressed, experts have warned.
The economic and social council has been warned by its president Leo Merores during a discussion exploring the relationship between development goals and environmental issues.
He noted that several countries are not on target to achieve the MDGs and climate change is hampering their efforts.
Mr Merores said that in order to achieve the MDGs by the 2015 target date the council needs to not only step up targets aimed at particular MDGs but also its efforts to address the challenge of global warming.
"Otherwise, we risk seeing hard earned fragile economic and social progress reversed by the negative effects of climate change," he added.
The UN economic and social council was established as an intergovernmental body under the authority of the UN General Assembly to make recommendations on a broad spectrum of issues.
Article Date: 09 May 2008
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