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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MDGs, a foundation for post-2015 agenda – Resident Coordinator

23 July 2014

Launch of the report

The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system in Nigeria, Mr Daouda Toure has emphasised that the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) constitute the foundation for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. He explained that member States of the United Nations (UN), including Nigeria, are in discussions to define sustainable development goals, to serve as a core of a Universal post 2015 Agenda.  

Mr Toure made this emphasis at the regional launch of the MDG Report 2014 organised by and held at the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, just as the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon noted at the global launch of the report in New York that sustained progress towards the MDGs in the remaining year is essential to provide a solid foundation for the post-2015 development agenda.

Launch of the report

The regional launch which was attended by over 190 participants comprising of seven Television Channels, five Radio Stations, six National Dailies, representatives of six Secondary Schools, twenty Non-Governmental Organizations and six UN Agencies, Programmes and Funds including the UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM, UNAIDS, UNODC and WHO, also featured an interactive session and a drama presentation by the students of Lagos State model college, Kankon, Badagry. 

Represented by the Economic Advisor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Abuja, Ms Colleen Zamba, the Resident Coordinator urged development partners to continue the fruitful collaboration which would help Nigeria take meaningful and transformative steps needed to accelerate progress to achieve the MDGs by 2015.

In his address, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) represented by the Director of Economic Planning and Development, Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Seun Akinsanya, said that the State was committed to improving and strengthening its MDGs performances. 

Earlier, the Senior Public Information Officer, UNIC Lagos, Ms Envera Selimovic, welcomed the participants to the Centre while the President, Strategy for Mentoring Initiative & Leadership Empowerment (S.M.I.L.E), Mrs Bimpe Bamgbose-Martins (BBM) spoke on "The role of youths in MDG acceleration beyond 2015". The National Information Officer, UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, provided an overview of the MDG Report 2014 including the MDG progress chart on Nigeria.

The Governor and the Resident Coordinator jointly launched the report.

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UNIC New Delhi launches 2014 MDG Report

16 July 2014

Over 60 print and electronic media persons participated in UNIC New Delhi’s Media Launch of UN Secretary-General’s MDG Report on 16 July.

UNIC Director Mrs. Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman set the tone for the event when she highlighted the significance of the Report:

“The United Nations 2014 MDG Report is the most up-to-date global scorecard on various development issues – poverty, education, health, environment, gender and partnerships. Even as the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is less than 550 days away, the final push to achieve the MDGs continues.”

Speaking at the launch UN Resident Coordinator Lise Grande said:

The MDGs have emerged as the most powerful and most used framework to analyse differences in human development across the globe. Perhaps most importantly, the MDGs have been a mirror that allows the world to look at itself in human development terms and to pass judgement on the steps that have been taken and need to be taken to ensure that no one is left behind and that everyone’s basic needs are met.’

India’s Union Minister of Minority Affairs Dr. Najma Heptulla unveiled the report and also narrated the evolution of the MDGs from 2000 when she had addressed the Millennium Summit as President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

In her erudite exposition supported by a sharp power point presentation, Dr. Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, analysed the statistical details contained in this year’s report. ‘India is still far from reaching the goal of eradicating poverty… Is anyone listening? She concluded’

An animated Q&A session moderated by UNIC Director brought the media launch to its conclusion.

Following this highly successful media launch, the 2014 MDG Report was headline news with the poverty and food security issues it had highlighted being widely reported and commented upon. 

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