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SPECIAL EVENT ON "PHILANTHROPY AND THE GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH AGENDA" -- 23 February 2009

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Special Event on Philanthropy and the Global Public Health Agenda organized jointly by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Office for Partnerships, in collaboration with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and the World Health Organization. The programme will be held on International Corporate Philanthropy Day, 23 February 2009, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the United Nations Headquarters, New York City.

The special event will serve as part of the preparatory process for the ECOSOC’s 2009 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) on “Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to global public health”.

Top executives and philanthropy leaders and ECOSOC Members and other partners will discuss together ways to strengthen partnerships towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) especially in areas where progress has been slow, and which can benefit from stronger multi-stakeholder participation.

The programme will consist of an opening plenary on “Building effective public-private partnerships in health”, to be followed by two leadership dialogues panels on “Improving health outcomes of women and girls” and “Raising the profile of neglected tropical diseases”. A President’s summary of the meeting’s deliberations, which will capture the “key messages” from the discussion, will serve as an input to the High-level Segment in July 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The event will have a number of co-convenors that are dedicated to promoting the meeting and strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships in support of the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs. These include:

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