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Mr Sidebottom, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) acknowledges the importance of 17 October 2003 being the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty;

(2) is deeply concerned about the 1.2 billion people world-wide who are required to live on less than $1 per day, and the adverse effects on health, education, and income earning ability which result;

(3) supports efforts by the United Nations to reduce world poverty through the development of its Millennium Development Goals, which call for:

 (a) halving the proportion of people living on $1 per day and halving the number of people who suffer from hunger;

(b) ensuring that boys and girls alike complete primary schooling;

(c) eliminating gender disparity in all levels of education;

(d) reducing by two-thirds the under-five mortality rate;

(e) reducing by three-quarters the maternal mortality ratio;

(f) reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other major infectious diseases;

(g) ensuring environmental sustainability through integration of sustainable development into country policies and reversing the loss of environmental resources, halving the proportion of people without access to potable water and significantly improving the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers; and

(h) developing a global partnership for development through raising official development assistance, expanding market access, and encouraging debt sustainability; and

(4) calls on all national governments and international institutions to make achievement of the Millennium Development Goals a key purpose of their international and domestic programs.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.