UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals

4th August 2010

UN High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, New York

With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September 2010 to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.

Coming amid mixed progress and new crises that threaten the global effort to halve extreme poverty, “the summit will be a crucially important opportunity to redouble our efforts to meet the Goals,” he said, referring to the targets adopted at the UN Millennium Summit of 2000, aimed at slashing poverty, hunger, disease, maternal and child deaths and other ills by a 2015 deadline.

The High-level Plenary Meeting will consist of six plenary meetings, on the basis of two meetings a day, and six interactive round-table sessions to be held in concurrence with plenary meetings. The round-table sessions - with the overarching theme “Making it happen by 2015” - will have at least 50 seats each and will be co-chaired by two Heads of State or Government.

For more information, visit the Summit website.

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