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UN chief names group to advance anti-poverty effort

The group will push for progress in the Millennium Development Goals.

New York: UN chief Ban Ki-moon named a high-profile committee on Wednesday aimed at sparking progress against poverty and toward improved welfare under the organisation`s Millennium Development Goals.

The group will be led by co-chairs President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain.

Others in the group include Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, CNN founder Ted Turner and Jeffrey Sachs of The Earth Institute and a professor at Columbia University.

Ban said "distinguished" personalities from China, India, Japan and Britain will also join the panel.

"As you can see, (this is) a real collection of superheroes in defeating poverty," the UN secretary general said.

The group will push for progress in the Millennium goals stemming from a 2000 summit, which call for reducing extreme poverty by half by 2015.

The MDG Advocacy Group will bring together "some of the world`s leading thinkers and doers”, Ban added as the UN prepared for a new summit in September.

"We need to emerge from the September Millennium Development Goals Summit with concrete national action plans for realising the goals," he said.


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