Recognising the achievements, addressing the challenges and getting back on track to achieve the MDGs by 2015

The midpoint to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 offers a window of opportunity for the international community to redouble efforts to achieve the goals. The situation is critical and calls for urgent action.

The President of the General Assembly of the United Nations Dr. Srgjan Kerim will convene a thematic debate on 1st and 2nd April 2008 on the theme “Recognising the achievements, addressing the challenges and getting back on track to achieve the MDGs by 2015.”

The thematic debate will focus on the poverty, education and health MDGs, where progress is most urgently required and where experience suggests that positive results have a catalytic effect on the other goals. The discussions over the two days will focus on the most intractable problems, identify lessons learnt and possible additional measures to ensure the attainment of the goals by 2015.

On 1st April, the meeting will begin with an opening session addressed by the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General and two Heads of State and Government. Following the opening session there will be a panel discussion focusing on poverty and hunger in the morning, and two parallel panels focusing on education and health in the afternoon.

On 2nd April, the meeting will be devoted to a thematic debate among Member States in the General Assembly.

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