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"Administrator Natsios requested that I respond on his behalf to the three questions posed in your letter.

...MDGs: The US has not officially endorsed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as outlined in the UN document "Road map towards the implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration".

It should be noted that the MDGs have not yet been brought before any international forum for formal endorsement of the International Development Goals (IDGs), the subsequent endorsement of the IDGs at the 1998 G-8 Summit, and the signing of the Millennium Declaration in September 2000.

Though substantively similar, the MDGs do not correspond exactly to the range of goals agreed in these other forums.

The US does believe that indicators for measuring progress toward development goals should be distinguished from an official endorsement of principles by the international community.

While potentially useful from an analytical perspective, the proposed indicators for measuring progress toward the MDGs should be separated from any future official endorsement of the MDGs themselves."

Letter from USAID to the Chairman of the UK House of Commons Select Committee on International Development 
"Minutes of Evidence"
("evidence" is the parliament's word for any communication including opinion, unfounded assertion and falsehood)
May 2002
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200102/cmselect/cmintdev/785/2042308.htm ]