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U.N. to launch report on compliance of environmental goals in the region

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12 February 2010|Press Release

The study reviews the advances and obstacles in attaining the Seventh Millennium Development Goal on the environment.

(12 February 2010) The main United Nations organizations and agencies in the region will launch a report on the compliance of the targets of the Seventh Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on environmental sustainability on Wednesday, February 17 in Mexico City.

The report "Millennium Development Goals: Advances in Environmentally Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean" will be presented at the United Nations Information Center in Mexico at 12 noon by the Deputy Secretary-General of the U.N., Asha-Rose Migiro, ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena and the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico, Juan Rafael Elvira.

The study, which was coordinated by ECLAC and prepared in close collaboration with other United Nations agencies, details the advances and difficulties in attaining the targets of the seventh MDG in the region.

These targets are: integrating the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes, reversing the loss of environmental resources, reducing biodiversity loss, increasing the population's sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation and significantly improving the lives of slum dwellers.

The report takes note of the degree of compliance with these targets in 10 areas, among them, the surface covered by forests, carbon dioxide emissions, the consumption of substances that deplete the ozone layer, species in danger of extinction, protected areas and access to drinking water and sanitation services.

The launching of the report will take place in the United Nations Information Center in Mexico (Presidente Masarik 29, Second floor, Mexico City)

For further information on the event, contact the Communications Coordinator of ECLAC's Subregional Headquarters in Mexico, Pedro Cote, at +(52-55) 5263-9714; Email:

For other information, contact ECLAC's Information Services.Email:; telephones: (56-2) 210-2149.