World powers meet in New York on Monday to review the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on health, poverty and hunger.
The UN set a number of targets fifteen years ago. They include halving world hunger and cutting child mortality rates by two thirds before 2015.
Aid given by rich countries has remained constant at about 30 billion euros a year since 2008 when the financial crisis erupted.
But there are some concerns amongst NGOs that Western states will come succumb to pressure to slash aid spending.
Many developed nations are currently struggling with large fiscal deficits but campaigners want them to sign up to more generous aid commitments.