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would like to reiterate my call for an end to this harmful practice. We,
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DI at the UNGA Hearings with NGOs
Written by DI Media Committee
Thursday, 24 June 2010
DI at the UNGA Hearings
Defend International participated in the General Assembly Interactive
NGOs which took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on
DI President Dr. Widad Akrawi attended the meetings as an observer and encourager.
Interactive Hearings of the General Assembly with Non-governmental
organizations, Civil society organizations and the Private sector
DI was approved by the United Nations Department Of Economic And
Social Affairs to participate in the General Assembly Interactive Hearings with
Non-governmental organizations, Civil society organizations and the Private
sector which took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 14-15
The purpose of this meeting was "to provide input to the
preparatory process for the "MDG summit" (High-level Plenary Meeting) on 20-22
September 2010, the UN General Assembly, in resolution A/RES/64/184 asked the President of its 64th session, H.E. Dr.
Ali Abdussalam Treki, to convene "Informal Interactive Hearings of the General
Assembly with Non-governmental organizations, Civil society organizations and
the Private sector."
President of Defend International Dr. Widad Akrawi attended the General
Assembly meetings as an observer. She also participated in a number of side
events that allowed politicians and NGO representatives to voice their opinions
Prior to the hearings the President of the General Assembly had formed
a "Task Force" of representatives of civil society and the private sector to
advise him on the format and participation at the Hearings.
Over 760 speaking nominations were received for only 52
available speaking roles.
The MDG 2010 summit is a significant opportunity to support collective
efforts in order to reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The focus will
be on accelerating progress towards the achievement of all the Millennium
Development Goals by 2015. Through a comprehensive review the progress made at
the international level on the development goals will be evaluated and an "action-oriented
outcome" should be adopted by Member States.
Two "Co-facilitators", the Ambassadors of Senegal and Denmark to the
United Nations in New York, will lead the inter-governmental negotiating
process on the outcome document. The Co-facilitators are now in the process of developing
the outcome document for the summit. The draft was released during the
The General Assembly highlighted the importance of the inputs
from Non-governmental organizations, Civil society organizations and the
Furthermore, the resolution "requests the President of the
Assembly to prepare a summary of the hearings, to be issued as an Assembly
document prior to the High-level Plenary Meeting." The outcome of the hearings will
thus constitute a formal input into the political process leading to the summit
of the Hearings
Thematic Session 1, Building a better tomorrow: local actions,
national strategies and global structures (Monday 14 June, 10:30 a.m. to 1
Thematic Session 2, Equal and inclusive partnerships:
Accountability in the fight against poverty (Monday 14 June, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Thematic Session 3, Sustaining development and withstanding
crises , the following candidates were selected (Tuesday 15 June, 10 a.m. to 1
Thematic Session 4, From voice to policy: 1660 days left
(Tuesday 15 June, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
The floor was then opened for an exchange of views with Member
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