"This has exceeded all our expectations," Ban Ki-moon said of support for the Millennium Development Goals, which have a target date of 2015. The $16 billion amount is focused specifically on getting the world's children in school by that date.
UN chief: $16B being given to help world's poor
International Herald Tribune - 2 hours ago
AP UNITED NATIONS: Bill Gates said Thursday the UN's goals to fight poverty have grabbed the world's attention - and the UN chief said the world has responded with more than $16 billion despite the current financial crisis.
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