Coalition on the scene

1st May 2007

On June 1, the Coalition Secretariat received a special visit from Senator Tim Wirth, President of the United Nations (UN) Foundation, along with his colleague Melinda Kimble, Senior Vice President and his wife Wren, President of the Winslow Foundation. The Senator is known to many in the RH field, particularly for his involvement at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994 and the 2001 Istanbul Conference, "Meeting the Challenge". His visit formed part of a two-week trip to Europe where he engaged in many high-level meetings mainly on the current key issue of climate change.

Secretariat staff updated the visitors on current Coalition priorities and activities, including, at Wirth´s request, a closer look at the Pledge and Minimum Volume Guarantee mechanisms. KfW consultant Sandra Rolet was invited to discuss the Coalition´s work on that front.

Wirth encouraged the Coalition to engage with the HIV/AIDS community, which he said was looking for more effective integration with the broader RH field. He also recommended seeking out opportunities for closer collaboration with the philanthropic community. The UN Foundation, established in 1997, is a permanent member of the Coalition.

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May 2007. RHSC

Categories: Secretariat, Advocacy and Accountability Working Group

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