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UN Urging Nations to Accelerate Anti-Poverty Work

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The world's nations will have to pick up the pace to meet some of their key anti-poverty targets set for 2015, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday at the outset of a monthlong session of the organization's main economic arm. (..) Some major areas will require vastly more effort, Ban told the U.N. Economic and Social Council, with many nations still struggling to make good on pledges such as cutting child mortality by two-thirds and maternal mortality by three-quarters. Other areas with lagging progress, he said, include protections for forests and fish stocks, universal access to antiretroviral therapy among people living with HIV, primary education, sanitation and foreign aid.