Launch of MDGs report 2015 and Round-table on SDGs

08 July 2015

In global launching of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report 2015, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Dhaka organized a round-table discussion with the participation of stakeholders and young representatives from eight universities to talk about eight millennium goals and the post-2015 development agenda - proposed SDGs. The development and governance activist Dr. Zahurul Alam, spoke on the occasion as chief guest while Kazi Ali Reza, Director (communication) of Dhaka Ahsania Mission presided over. UNIC Officer-in-Charge M. Moniruzzaman moderated the round-table and shared the salient features of the report where there is significant improvements in various goals during the last fifteen years globally including Bangladesh. Apart from youngsters, NGO activists, academicians, media representatives, civil society members and cultural personalities took part in the discussion.

In his speech, the session chair focused on inclusiveness and equity that play a key role for sustainable development and growth while the chief guest emphasized on quantitative and qualitative growth. Special guest Mission, raised the issue of economic disparity and asked the youngsters to come forward to reduce it.

The young representatives said that young voices needed to be heard and opportunities needed to be created as well. Issues like consumerism, sharing of knowledge, data analysis, role of NGOs, maternal mortality, attitude towards women, discrimination, poverty, climate change, environment-friendly industrialization, quality education, inclusiveness and equity came-up in the round-table discussion. The participating universities/colleges were University of Dhaka, North South University, BRAC University, Daffodil International University, Dhaka Medical College, United International University, Sunny Dale and Scholastica. The participants will hold a follow-up round-table after shaping of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) scheduled in September 2015.

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Launch of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report in Moscow

07 July 2015

On 7 July, UNIC Moscow launched the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report in Moscow, to an appreciative audience of 30 government officials, academics, experts, journalists and students. Each guest received a copy of the Report and a competent presentation was made by Dr. Lilia Ovcharova, Professor of Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Director of the Institute for Social Development Studies, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Dr. Ovcharova made a comprehensive 30-minute overview, focusing on key achievements of the MDG campaign and the main problems faced in the course of 15 years of its implementation. She stressed that the key MDG achievement was the improvement of the lives of millions. The Goals, she said, served as a framework for local, national, regional and global monitoring of development progress resulting in remarkable gains; in many parts of the world, especially in the poorest countries. Finally, Dr. Ovcharova mentioned the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programme, which will focus on where the international community has left off, and the new challenges at the forefront of the global agenda.

In her overview, she pointed out some critical factors that affected the MDG programme. First, the abundance of political and, especially, military conflicts in certain regions of the world aggravated the situations and in many cases prevented the implementation of the right policies. Thus, the number of refugees and internally displaced people is at its highest since the Second World War and it impedes the progress. Second, the inequality in access to basic services between countries and within them still exists and, in many places, is on the same level it was 15 years ago, despite all our efforts.

Then the floor was opened for questions and comments, which were quite substantive. Those related to the role of institutions in the MDGs implementation process; the methodological issue of mix-up between the terms “malnutrition” and “hunger” in the Goal 1 of the MDGs and the summing-up of its results; the comparison between institutions: which of them help underdeveloped countries battle inequality better; and, of course, the role of the Russian Federation in the pursuit of MDGs. The last question sparked a lively discussion between several participants.

Most participants praised the Report as highly informative and were pleased by a thorough and illustrative presentation. Judging by the active participation of the guests in the discussion, the issues presented by the MDG review resonated deeply with the attendees.

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Vienna in spotlight on Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 agenda

16 January 2015

Senior officials from Vienna-based United Nations organisations got together with academics, diplomats and students in January to discuss how they will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and contribute to deliberations on what comes next.

“The Post-2015 development agenda is a call to action - to take up the unfinished work of the MDGs, to take advantage of innovations and new technologies that have emerged since 2000, and to work together for a better, more just world,” said Yury Fedotov, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), at the opening session of the 6th Annual Conference of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) which took place in Vienna from  14 to 16 January 2015.

Under the title “Lessons Learned from the Millennium Development Goals and Perspectives for the Post 2015 Development Agenda”, 300 UN representatives, diplomats, scholars and students discussed how the Vienna-based UN organizations are working on and toward the proposed Sustainable Development Goals. ACUNS is a global professional association of educational and research institutions, individual scholars and practitioners active in the work and study of the United Nations, multilateral relations, global governance and international cooperation. 

At the ACUNS Vienna Conference, senior UN representatives spoke in interactive panels with diplomats, academics and students about the activities they are pursuing to reach these sustainable objectives. Themes included “inclusive and sustainable industrial development”, “gender equality and the post-2015 agenda” and “the unique contributions of nuclear techniques to the post-2015 agenda”. 

The conference was organized by ACUNS and hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, with the help of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) and other partners. Participating organizations were the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organization (CTBTO), the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the City of Vienna, the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the University of Vienna and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.

Public Lecture on MDGs

20 August 2014
At the event

 

Mr. Musinga Bandora, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Namibia delivered a public lecture at the University of Namibia on the topic:  “From the Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals of the New Post 2015 Development Agenda: Process and Prospects for Africa and Namibia-Making the New Agenda Work”

The lecture was well attended by academia, civil society, students, ambassadors and representatives from the development community. “For those who may not know, Namibia played a crucial role in the coming into being of the MDGs. H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma, co-presided over the Millennium Summit which met in September 2000 to discuss the role of the United Nations at the turn of the 21st century.  Equally, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Theo Ben Gurirab, was President of the UN General Assembly in 2000 when it adopted the Millennium Declaration which inspired and gave birth to the MDGs. We are all indebted to Namibia in this regard,” he said.

With the global campaign in full swing from 16-22 August 2014, highlighting the 500 day mark away from the MDG deadline, the onus will shift on the new Post 2015 Agenda and how it should be evolved.

Mr Bandora reflected on the results and achievements of Namibia in particular, highlighting the areas where the country has met the targets as well as the areas where work is required. He highlighted the development required in Africa and went into great detail on the approaches and core elements. 

The lecture was followed by intellectual questions and sparked interesting debate around the MDGs.  

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