Caritas Internationalis Talks Commitment at U.N.

ROME, SEPT. 2, 2005 ( Caritas Internationalis hopes to make sure an upcoming summit of world leaders will not shirk their duties toward development goals.

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Joseph Donnelly, delegate of the aid organization to the United Nations in New York, will chair the 58th annual meeting of Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations (DPI/NGO) in which more than 3,000 non-governmental organizations will participate from Sept. 7-9.

The meeting, entitled «Our Challenge: Voices for Peace, Partnerships, and Renewal,» will precede a three-day summit of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, Sept. 14-16.

Caritatis Internationalis hopes to focus the NPI/NGO meeting and the summit of world leaders on evaluating progress made on the Millennium Development Goals, an ambitious set of development-related targets to be met by the year 2015.

Some countries, such as the United States, have said they will seek to limit the summit’s agenda to U.N. reform and global security, and shelve any discussion on the development goals.

Caritas has already issued a statement condemning such attempts by pointing out that all governments made a commitment to these goals in the year 2000.

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