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17 Sep 2010 description

It was a pledge heard around the world. After a century which brought unprecedented gains in such areas as national freedoms and medical and scientific advances, but which also produced two world wars, the atomic bomb and unspeakable daily conditions for hundreds of millions of people, the world's nations decided there should be a better way of living together.

At the "dawn of a new millennium" 189 countries met in New York in September 2000 and agreed a United Nations Millennium Declaration, a sweeping document which pledged to erase the 'scourge of war', combat …