Tuesday, September 25, 2012

UNDP's agenda for the next 5 days until September 28th 2012

press release

As world leaders convene in New York for the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to tackle major global issues such as poverty and hunger, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be involved in a series of key events on issues ranging from sustainable development to Rule of Law in an effort to promote the acceleration of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

22 -24 September: Social Good Summit
UNDP will co-host and participate in one of the largest and most global conversations in history. Local "meet-ups" will be held in nearly 100 countries. From Mogadishu to San Salvador; from Islamabad to Dakar, innovative technology experts, citizens, celebrities, and activists will come together with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place. They will then translate that potential into action.

24 September: Increasing cooperation and accountability - NGOs, Government and International Organizations working in Haiti
Top Haitian officials and more than 50 US-based non-governmental organizations working in Haiti will unite to forge a new partnership to ensure better cooperation, accountability and transparency. Key speakers at the event include: Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan, and others, including American actor, film director and humanitarian Sean Penn.

25 September: Towards 2015: Open Dialogue with the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Top officials from all over the world will come together to discuss the next steps for the world's development agenda - the future we want after 2015.

26 September: Seeking Justice through Informal and Customary Systems
A new, comprehensive report on informal justice systems -commissioned by UNDP, UNICEF and UN Women and produced by the Danish Institute for Human Rights - will be launched at this event. The report is primarily based on research from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Malawi, Niger, Papua New Guinea, and Uganda, and includes an additional study of 12 other developing countries.

26 September: UN officials and President of Bolivia Unite to End Violence Against Women in friendly soccer match
Top UN Officials, Permanent Representatives to the UN play a friendly soccer match against President of Bolivia Evo Morales' team during the 67th session of the General Assembly. Both teams will be supporting the Secretary-General's Unite to End Violence Against Women campaign, and advocating for this crucial issue--globally and in Latin America and the Caribbean, which has some of the world's highest rates of gender-based crimes.

26 September: Delivering on the MDGs: Accelerating for the Future
With 2015 approaching, it is imperative that countries increase the momentum towards achieving the MDGs. An important instrument in that effort is the MDG Acceleration Framework, which has been in place in 43 countries since 2010 in an effort to support national development processes. These countries have achieved significant results and will be sharing the lessons learned.

27 September: Securing the Future We Want: Gender equality, economic development and environmental sustainability
A discussion on why gender equality and women's empowerment is central to setting the post-2015 United Nations sustainable development agenda. A collection of papers by scholars and practitioners that explore the interconnections between gender equality and sustainable development will be released at this event.

28 September: Launch of Somalia Human Development Report: 'Empowering youth for peace and development'
New data from UNDP's much-anticipated Somalia Human Development Report 2012, the first report of its kind on Somalia in more than a decade, will be presented by UNDP experts at this event.

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