Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey, Pravda Daily | February 19, 2010
French soccer star and UN Goodwill Amb. Zinedine Zidane is trying to raise support and awareness of the MDGs. ++ The financial crisis has set back the efforts of Asian countries to meet MDG targets. ++ The Asian Development Bank recommends that these countries increase their social spending to stay on track. ++ “Without better protection, people fall back into poverty with economic crisis, health pandemics and natural disasters and cannot recover easily.” ++ Half of the people who fall below the poverty line live in Asia.