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Reaction from Catholic leaders to Gordon Brown’s UN statement

A speech by Prime Minister Gordon Brown on millennium development goals to the United Nations has been welcomed by the heads of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and England, Cardinal Keith O’Brien and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

In a joint statement they say: “We commend the Prime Minister and the UN Secretary General for making this Declaration. It is vitally important for two reasons.

“First, it reminds us that we are not on track to meet the commitments we agreed to back in 2000 and calls for an international summit in 2008 to focus much needed attention on the challenge.

“Today we have the means to achieve the MDGs – now we need the will.

“Second, the Declaration recognises that the MDGs will only be achieved by a partnership involving the key stakeholders in society – states, faiths, civil society and the private sector. This is a crucial point. We have long believed that faith groups in particular are crucial to deliver the MDGs because in much of the Developing world, it is faith groups that provide many of the educational and health services.

“We believe that such a partnership on the international level – involving all the relevant stakeholders in society – could make the difference between success and failure in 2015.”

The Prime Minister’s statement is available on the 10 Downing Street website.

• Full story at the Scottish Catholic Media Office news release.

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