Dutch PM and royals attend UN summit

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Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima are in New York to attend a meeting at the United Nations on the Millennium Development Goals. The goals aim to reduce poverty by half, bring down the number of deaths in childbirth and provide sanitation and clean water to more communities, among other things, by 2015.

In his speech, Prime Minister Balkenende will focus on maternal mortality rates and equal rights for men and women, because progress in these areas is disappointing.

Prince Willem-Alexander will launch an initiative to keep up the attention being paid to sanitation in developing countries.

Princess Máxima will present the first annual report on her activities in the field of micro-finance, in particular on giving everyone access to financial services. Many people in developing countries do not have a bank account or access to bank loans.

This is the 65th General Assembly of the United Nations.



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