Communications Officer gives a video presentation of a photo exhibition dedicated to the HIV/AIDS issues
On 22 September, the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Moscow with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Russia, jointly organized a special event dedicated to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit. In his opening remarks, Frode Mauring, UN Resident Coordinator, welcomed the audience at a moment “wh-en member states are reviewing the progress of achieving the MDGs at a High-level Plenary Meeting at the MDG Summit in New-York”.
He continued, stressing the uneven implementation of MDGs among different regions and countries, with growing disparities and rever-sed gains due to multiple effects of food, oil and financial crises. Important successes have been achieved, he said, but some targets require additional efforts. The Summit should lead to concrete strat-egies for action against obstacles and gaps in order to accelerate progress to achieve the Goals, the RC pointed out.
Turning to Russia’s case, Mr. Mauring noted the task of fully inclu-ding MDGs into national development strategies and also stated the importance of synergies between the Goals which need to be addressed as a whole. Focusing on Russia as compared to its neighbours in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, he produced several charts illustrating the effects of the crisis on its economic growth, and major trends in the social sphere, health and income distribution.
Following him, Dmitry Maksimychev, Deputy-Director of the MFA Department of International Organizations, said that no country could boast of attaining MDGs, and Russia was no exception. He expressed gratitude to UN, in general, and to UNDP, in particular, for assisting his country in the evaluation of challenges and the identification of the right policies. Emphasizing the Goal # 8, he commented on Russia’s changing role in the developmental context and its emergence as a donor.
After his speech, UNIC National Information officer drew the audience’s attention to the slogan “We Can End Poverty” and focused on two events supporting the Summit, the launch of the Secretary-General's Global Strategy on Women's and Children's Health and the third UN Private Sector Forum. Then, Anna Chernyakhovskaya, Communications Officer of the UNAIDS Office, prese-nted a photo exhibition dedicated to the HIV/AIDS issues. She said that the communities of people with HIV, established in recent years, are a striking example of mobilization of civil society in Russia, and praised their efforts to bring the issue to the attention of the government.