Meeting on the margins of the 66th UN General Assembly in September 2011, the MDG Advocates endorsed an Action Plan that encourages each advocate to champion at least one of the specific MDG initiatives.
The MDG Advocates will focus their advocacy on food security, integrated rural development, infrastructure (including water and sanitation, power and ICT connectivity), education, health and innovative financing.
The Action Plan supports the UN agencies’ leadership in their respective areas. The MDG Advocates will therefore work closely with UN Agencies on their respective advocacy efforts.
The activities of the MDG Advocates will be monitored using a Log Frame approach and are broadly arranged in two thematic clusters:
- “Food Security and Sustainable Growth” (covering especially MDGs 1 and 7) facilitated by Professor Jeffrey Sachs and Ms. Graça Machel.
- “Education and Health” (covering especially MDGs 2 and 4-6) facilitated by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar and Mr. Ray Chambers.
- Gender equality and global partnerships, namely MDGs 3 and 8, are defined as cross-cutting themes.
- Former Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro welcomed “the important leadership, passion and expertise” provided by the Advocacy Group and noted that “targeted interventions” in support of individual Goals would foster real progress.
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