UN Chief Thanks Bulgaria for Generosity towards Syrian Refugees
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his appreciation for Bulgaria's generosity towards Syrian asylum-seekers.
So far this year, Bulgaria has received about 3,000 asylum applications, mainly from the Middle East and Africa. This is three times the yearly average of the past decade. August saw a sharp rise to some 50 new arrivals - mainly Syrian families - per day.
Ban and Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York where they discussed achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, setting specific goals on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a global partnership for development.
The two officials noted the importance of a framework on sustainable agenda for the years after 2015, the deadline for achieving the MDGs.
Ban briefed Plevneliev on the latest international efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis, the UN News Centre informs.
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