UN official hails Peru’s progress in achieving social inclusion

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Peru is making “significant progress” in improving social inclusion and meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals, said Rebeca Arias, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Peru.

Arias noted that the policies pursued by Peru’s Ministry of Social Inclusion and Development (Midis) have produced positive results in the fight against poverty.

Social programs like Juntos, Pensión 65 and Beca 18 play a critical role in meeting the government’s goal of reducing existing inequalities in the country, she added.

According to the UN official, Peru is on track to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.

These goals include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing the child mortality rate, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, and developing a global partnership for development.

"Peru is making good progress in general, with a significant reduction in the poverty rate of around 20 percentage points between 2000 and 2011," Arias added.

The United Nations celebrates the 67th anniversary of its charter’s ratification today, Oct. 24.

Peru is making “significant progress” in improving social inclusion and meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals, said Rebeca Arias, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Peru.

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