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Pope urges leaders to live up to UN plan


Pope Benedict XVI has appealed to world leaders to fulfill the commitments of the Millennium Development Goals and to put an end to poverty and hunger.

CLICK HEREZenit reports that the Holy Father used Sunday's Angelus address to mention the UN summit that begins tomorrow in New York. He said the event will address "important topics concerning world peace, respect for human rights, the promotion of development and the reinforcement of the United Nations".

The UN General Assembly will review the implementation of the commitments of the Millennium Summit of the year 2000, as well as UN reform.

"My fervent hope is that the political leaders gathered there will find suitable solutions to achieve the great objectives fixed beforehand, in a spirit of concord and generous solidarity," the Holy Father said after praying the midday Angelus with crowds gathered today at the papal summer residence.

Benedict XVI wished the leaders "success in implementing effective concrete measures to respond to the most urgent problems posed by extreme poverty, sickness and famine, which afflict so many peoples."

The Holy Father also announced that Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, will attend the meeting as his representative.

SOURCE
Pontiff Urges Leaders to Live Up to UN Plan (Zenit 11/9/05)

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The MDGs Summit
Millennium Development Goals (UN)
Millennium Development Goals (World Bank)
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13 Sep 2005