Launch of Dedicated Website for Civil society and the MDG Summit
2010 will be a critical year in determining which development pathways our world will pursue. In 2000, UN Member States agreed to the Millennium Declaration and committed themselves to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
Only five years remain to achieve the MDGs, and despite some progress, collectively we are falling short. The consequence of our collective failure is that improvements in the lives of the poorest are slow to be realized – or not at all – and are now being further eroded by the onset of the onset of global crises, including economic, food and climate. However, the MDGs are achievable.
UN Member States will again come together this September in New York for an ‘MDG summit’ (High-level Plenary Meeting), with the primary objective of accelerating progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, taking into account the progress made towards the internationally agreed development goals. As a part of the process leading to the summit, the General Assembly will also convene ‘Hearings’ with representatives of civil society and the private sector from 14-15 June. The outcomes of these hearings will be integrated into discussions at the summit and the outcome document.
With an aim of keeping interested civil society stakeholders informed on the latest developments related to the summit process, the UN Millennium Campaign and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) have launched a dedicated website: www.un-ngls.org/mdg2010
This website will report on all the latest developments related to the summit, give voice to perspectives from civil society and provide information on how to be engaged in the summit process.
189 world leaders made an historic promise at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 when they signed onto the Millennium Declaration and agreed to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. This summit offers an opportunity for citizens to let their leaders know that they expect them to deliver on these promises and that they expect them to come to this meeting ready to clearly spell out exactly how they plan to do this. www.un-ngls.org/mdg2010
The Millennium Campaign exists to inspire and support citizens to take action and hold their governments to account for the accelerated achievement of the MDGs.
The goal of the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is to strengthen the relations between the United Nations and civil society. It was established on the belief that meaningful civil society engagement in UN processes and deliberations is essential for the realization of the goals of the Organization and the pursuit of global democratic governance.
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