In September 2010, the High-Level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG Summit) adopted an Outcome Document “ Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals ” (document A/65/L.1 ) – in which Member States set out an action agenda in order to reach the Goals by 2015. During the Summit, announcements of new commitments and initiatives to accelerate MDG progress were made by a wide range of stakeholders. A matrix is now available that provides a compilation of many of the initiatives and commitments made during the MDG Summit. It includes both old (such as the Gleneagles G-8) and new commitments, as well as commitments made by developing countries to prepare MDG Strategies.
More detailed information can be found on the MDG Summit website, including General Assembly statements, reports from the high‐level roundtables, observer statements, as well as the compilation report on the Partnership Events.
FAO’s "The State of Food and Agriculture –Women in agriculture: Closing the gender gap for development" finds clear synergies between the Millennium Development Goals on gender equality (MDG 3) and poverty and food security (MDG 1). It argues that closing the gender gap in agriculture would produce significant gains for society by increasing agricultural productivity, reducing poverty and hunger and promoting economic growth.
“Score the Goals: Teaming Up to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals” is the title of an educational comic book, recently released at the United Nations in Geneva, that aims to make 8-14 year old children around the world aware of the Millennium Development Goals in a fun and interactive way, and invites them to take action through various activities provided in an adjoining educational guide.
On 4 October 2010 in Geneva, NGLS organized a briefing and multi-stakeholder interactive panel to take stock of the outcome of the “MDG summit”– the UN High Level Plenary Meeting that was held in New York on 20-22 September to review and accelerate progress in the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Following the outcome of the High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), better known as the “MDG Summit” (20-22 September, New York), NGLS has released a special NGLS e-Roundup, which analyzes the outcome of the negotiations in light of civil society contributions to the summit process. It also reviews the various plenary sessions, roundtables, side events, partnerships and other initiatives that took place during the three-day summit.
In conjunction with the "MDG Summit" (20-22 September, New York), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (UN-OSAA), and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) organized a joint MDG Partnership event (20 September) in order to present UNECA/OECD’s "2010 Mutual Review of Development Effectiveness in Africa," as well as UN-OSAA’s report on "Africa’s Cooperation with New and Emerging Development Partners: Options for Africa’s Development."
The MDG Summit has concluded, following the General Assembly’s adoption of the outcome document, ’Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals’, which reaffirms world leaders’ commitment to the MDGs.
The statements from Civil Society speakers in the four Roundtables of the UN High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals will be posted here as they are passed for their distribution.