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.
On 20-22 September 2010, the General Assembly will hold, in New York, a High-level Plenary Meeting, also referred to as the "MDG Summit". The Summit's main focus will be to build on what we have learned during the past 10 years since the adoption of the Millennium Declaration and how to accelerate progress towards the internationally agreed development goals, in particular MDGs. The Summit will take stock of the successes, best practices, lessons learned, obstacles and gaps related to the MDGs and other development goals.
As a part of the process leading to the Summit, the General Assembly will also convene interactive informal hearings with representatives of NGOs, civil society and the private sector from 14-15 June. The outcomes of these hearings will provide an input to the preparatory process for the Summit and be issued as an Assembly document.
A nomination process for speakers at the hearings has now been opened so that interested NGOs, civil society and the private sector can nominate individuals to actively participate at the event.
The application deadline is 16 April 2010.
To access the online application form and for further information about these events, please visit the page at CSO Net - the Civil Society Network here: http://esango.un.org/irene/?page=viewContent&nr=1&type=22§ion=15
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
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