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Partnership Events on MDGs Continue

The second day of partnership events took place at United Nations headquarters and nearby venues in New York, Wednesday, in conjunction with the High-Level Event on the Millennium Development Goals, which is to take place on 25 September 2008. Participants included heads of state, ministers, and the heads of major international development-related organizations.

Above: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, with Lech Kaczyński, President of Poland, and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, in a climate change press conference.


Wednesday, 24 September
Climate Change and Development: Progress on Finance for Adaptation

Panelists in the breakfast session on climate change.
Women's Empowerment, Diabetes and Development

Emma Crosby, Sky News Today, moderated the roundtable.

Ulla Tørnæs, Minister of Development Cooperation, Denmark, co-hosted the event.
Consultation of Heads of State and Religious Leaders on Eliminating Poverty

Members of the audience.

Salil Shetty, Millennium Campaign, extolled the virtues of faith-based development work.
Water and Sanitation for All

Panelists during the session on water and sanitation.

A display emphasized graphically the importance of availability of sanitation.

Prince of Orange Willem-Alexander, the Netherlands, chaired a global assessment of the water and sanitation situation.
Energy Services for the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

Kandeh Yumkella, UN Energy Chair, Director General, UNIDO, stressed that if energy issues for the poorest of the poor are not addressed, the MDGs cannot be achieved.

Kathleen Abdalla, Acting Director, Division for Sustainable Development, UNDESA, highlighted the need to keep energy issues at the top of the development agenda, emphasizing the gender aspects of energy access.
Local Governments' Contributions to the Millennium Development Goals

Vince Henderson, Minister of Education, Dominica, stressed the need to address the hostile global trading environment.

Franco Frattini, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy, and Letizia Moratti, Mayor of Milan, co-chaired the session.
Partnership Event on UN System Coherence to Achieve MDG 6

Moderator Paul Bekkers, the Netherlands.

Babatunde Osotimehin, Nigeria, described HIV and AIDS actions in his country.

Ambassador Paul Kavanagh, Ireland, noted the adoption of GA resolution 277, which he foresaw leading to actions on gender and funding.
Launch of the EC Report "MDGs at Midpoint"

François Bourguignon, Paris School of Economics, co-authored the report.

Panelists during the launch of the EU report.
MDG Achievement Fund: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward

Alvaro Colom, President of Guatemala, was welcomed to the dais.

Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of Mozambique, welcomed the strong commitment to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs and the on-going country level UN reforms.
MDG 7 Target to Reduce the Rate of Loss of Biodiversity

Balakrishna Pisupati, UNEP, announced the launch of the report "MDG on Reducing Biodiversity Loss and the CBD?s 2010 Targets," co-authored with Renata Rubian, UNDP. Charles McNeil, UNDP, stressed that when biodiversity is integrated into the MDGs, it becomes everybody's concern.
World Business and Development Awards

Distinguished participants in the World Business/Development Awards ceremony.

Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Jordan.

Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal.

Kemal Derviş, UNDP Administrator.
Press Conferences

Press conference to launch the new UN-REDD initiative to reduce emissions resulting from deforestation and forest degradation.

Bill Gates at the Gates Foundation's launch of the "Purchase for Progress" agricultural initiative.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Around the Partnership Events

Related Links

Official Website for the High-level Meeting on Africa's Development Needs
Official Website for the Millennium Development Goals High-level Event

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