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Ukrainian President: World needs mutual support and solidarity of countries

Politics Materials 23 September 2010 10:39 (UTC +04:00)
“Solidarity of the countries, their mutual support and responsibility are the key to well-being of each separate country and the world as a whole," Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said in his speech at the High-level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly, dedicated to achieving of the Millennium Development Goals.
Ukrainian President: World needs mutual support and solidarity of countries

U.S., New York, Sept.22 / Trend A.Privalov /

"Solidarity of the countries, their mutual support and responsibility are the key to well-being of each separate country and the world as a whole," Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said in his speech at the High-level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly, dedicated to achieving of the Millennium Development Goals.

In his speech, Yanukovych stressed that the adoption of the UN Millennium Declaration had been a sign of countries' around the world recognition that development tasks and humanity's problems are common and global-scale.

Ukraine's aim is comprehensive modernization of the economy and active social policy, he added.

"We have started systematic structural reforms aimed at creating powerful and modern technological economy and ensuring high standards of living to the population and protecting its most vulnerable groups," Yanukovych said.

The Millennium Development Goals are the beacon and the system of priorities for implementing the strategy of reforms in Ukraine at the same time, because they reflect the most acute problems faced today by our society.

Having undertaken the commitments stated by the Millennium Development Goals, Ukraine made their achievement a major guideline in its national economy.

Providing wellbeing of the population, overcoming poverty, achieving high standards of healthcare, combating HIV / AIDS and tuberculosis, ensuring access to and quality of education, environmental security, and gender equality have become the priorities of this policy.

As the sources of rapid growth of the pre-crisis times are exhausted, Ukraine's only way to get back on a stable development trajectory is to conduct decisive and comprehensive reforms aimed at improving economic competitiveness, and combined with reasonable social policy.

"We thank the international community, organizations and governments that provide support to development processes in the country and are open to further cooperation," he said. "At the same time, we are ready to continue being a reliable partner of the international community in resolving global problems and realizing the Millennium Development Goals."

"We treat the threat of global food crisis responsibly. Last year, Ukraine became a donor to the UN World Food Programme for the first time," the president noted.

He expressed belief that the Millennium Development Goals are real and achievable.

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