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PRESIDENT of the 64th Session
United Nations General Assembly

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High-level Plenary Meeting on the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

20-22 September 2010

The Millennium Development Goals are the highest profile articulation of the internationally agreed development goals associated with the United Nations development agenda. They are the world's quantified, time-bound targets for addressing extreme poverty, hunger and disease, and for promoting gender equality, education and environmental sustainability and for building a new global partnership for development. With only five years left, the prospect of falling short in meeting the Goals is real but falling short would be an unacceptable failure.

Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals remains feasible with adequate commitment, policies, resources and effort. The High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals in September 2010 will bring Heads of Government and State together to galvanize commitment, rally support and spur collective action in order to the reach the MDGs by 2015.*

* Report of the Secretary-General Keeping the Promise.

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Informal Interactive Hearings on MDGs
14-15 June 2010

Recognizing the important role of non-state actors in development, the General Assembly has asked representatives of civil society and the private sector to provide input to the High-Level Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals in September. To this end the President of the General Assembly will convene informal interactive hearings with representatives of civil society and the private sector on 14-15 June 2010. Speakers will include farmers, young people, unionists, women's activists, indigenous people, academics, business people, and community organisers from all parts of the world. The summary of these important hearings will be issued as an official UN document and help Member States in preparing for the High-Level Meeting.