New Delhi: Noting that India played a major role in reducing global poverty, President Pratibha Patil today said economic recovery was important for achieving Millennium Development Goals.
The fact that India was a “major contributor” to poverty reduction has been acknowledged in the UN Secretary General’s report on MDGs, she said.
Patil was addressing the International Conclave on 2010 Partners’ Forum: Innovation and Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health here.
To ensure that the global economic recovery was durable, balanced and sustainable, she said stress should be laid on poverty alleviation and maternal health.
“So far as India is concerned, our economy has shown resilience and is expected to grow by over 8 per cent this year and then further accelerate,” she said.
The President said India recognised its burden of maternal, newborn and child mortality as one of the highest in the world.