United Nations Secretary-General Excellency
Kofi Annan has urged the leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to devise national development strategies “bold
enough to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)” aimed at reducing or eliminating socio-economic ills by 2015.
In a message delivered by Under-Secretary-General
Mr. Anwarul K. Chowdhury to the meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in St. Lucia
on, Mr. Annan said to reach those goals, developing countries should have the implementation
of their plans well in hand by next year and rich countries should support them on aid, trade and debt relief.
The Secretary-General also called on the
Caribbean leaders for support in several areas, including UN reform, assistance to Haiti, a CARICOM member, and strengthening
international human rights activities.