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Developing nations to write MDG strategies

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES agreed last week to produce national development strategies by 2006 to help meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

UN member country development ministers also agreed to meet annually to review progress on achieving the goals.

The goals were set by the UN in 2000 and include halving the number of people without access to clean water by 2015.

But the decisions made at the UN world summit last week received only a cautious welcome from charity WaterAid.

'It's another gesture-commitment with no financial clout, which means we will probably fall short [of meeting the MDGs], ' said a WaterAid spokesman.

The charity warned last week that lack of water and sanitation planning meant that 133M children in sub-Saharan Africa would die over the next 100 years (News last week).

'These people will still die because there are no timebound commitments to deliver aid to support these strategies and ensure they are carried through, ' he said.

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