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United Nations Non-governmental Liaison Service

The UN General Assembly has decided to convene a 'MDG summit' this September, with the objective to accelerate progress towards all the MDGs by 2015. The summit will review successes, lessons learned, obstacles and gaps, challenges and opportunities, “leading to concrete strategies for action”.  [more]

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 being eroded by the onset of global crises. However the MDGs are achievable.  [more]

Civil society organisations have a wealth of expertise and innovative ideas to share with policy-makers at the local, national and international level. This website is intended to act as a central platform for you and your organisation to be informed on, and input into, the international policy process.  >[F.A.Q.]<


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“Score the Goals” Comic Book Launched at United Nations in Geneva

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The MDG Summit Outcome - Comments from Civil Society

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Video from the "Wacht mee" campaign

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