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MDG Summit side events supported by UNICEF

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010

 

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IMMUNIZATION

 

WHAT: The Global alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) will hold a panel discussion on progress that has been made in immunization and challenges facing future efforts, including insufficient funding and weak health systems. Approximately 40% of annual child deaths are due to two causes, pneumonia and diarrhoea. Achievement of MDG 4 will require a scaling up and acceleration of prevention and community based treatment programs focused on these two causes. The GAVI Alliance has prioritized the introduction of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines in eligible countries over the next five years, and UNICEF has pioneered and promoted integrated community based efforts to treat these diseases through low-cost interventions such as oral rehydration, antibiotics and micro-nutrients.

 

WHO:  The meeting will feature the following lead speakers:

 

• Julian Lob-Levyt, Executive Secretary, GAVI Alliance

• Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF

• Moderator:  Richard Besser, ABC-TV

 

WHEN:  September 20, 1:15-2:30 p.m.

 

WHERE: Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, 3 U.N. Plaza, New York.

For more information please contact: Christian Moen, cmoen@unicef.org, Tel.: 212-326-7516.

This event is open to media.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2010

 

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HIV and AIDS

 

WHAT: High Level meeting on the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Synergies for Achieving MDGs 4, 5 and 6.

 

HIV remains a leading cause of death among women of reproductive age globally and also of maternal mortality and under-five mortality in several high-burden countries. Although delivery of proven mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) interventions has effectively eliminated MTCT in affluent countries, every day more than one thousand children in low-and middle income countries are newly infected with HIV via transmission during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and breastfeeding. This meeting provides an opportunity to effectively engage world leaders and partners to sharpen focus on virtual elimination of MTCT by 2015 and the linkages to MDGs 4 and 5.

 

WHO:  co-organized by UNICEF, WHO and UNAIDS on behalf of the Expanded Global Inter-Agency Task Team on Prevention of HIV in Pregnant Women, Mothers and their Children (IATT), the meeting will feature the following lead speakers:

 

• UN and Ministerial Representatives from Bostwana, Nigeria, Rwanda, UK and high level delegates from PMTCT priority countries

• Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO

• Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS

• Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director, Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

• Eric Goosby, US Global AIDS Ambassador

• Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF

 

September 21, 7:30-8:45 a.m.

 

UN Plaza Millennium-Landmark View meeting room. Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, One United Nations Plaza, New York.

 

For more information please contact: Roshan Khadivi, rkhadivi@unicef.org, Tel.: 212-326-7270.

This event is open to selected media only.

 

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CHILD HEALTH

 

WHAT: Moderated discussion on Partnering with Communities to Achieve the MDGs with Equity.

 

While progress towards the MDGs has been made, many children are being left behind. Each year, nearly nine million children die before they reach age five. Interventions are not reaching the poorest and most excluded children, who often suffer multiple deprivations.

 

2010 marks an important opportunity for a radical shift in focus. With just five years left until 2015, now is the time to leverage partnerships to achieve the MDGs. The Summit (High-Level Plenary Meeting of the 65th Session of the General Assembly) on the Millennium Development Goals is intended to serve as a forum for innovative thinking and a rallying cry for the realisation of the Millennium Declaration and the MDGs.

 

That is whey senior leaders of global child-focused organizations are participating in a discussion on achieving the MDGs for children. The conversation will highlight the challenges in reaching vulnerable and excluded children and identify the collaborative actions needed to strengthen results for all children.

 

WHO:  Co-organized by World Vision International, Plan International and Save the Children International, the meeting is being hosted by UNICEF and will feature the following lead speakers:

 

• Nigel Chapman, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International

• Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children International

• Kevin Jenkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Vision International

• Dr. A. Bang, Founder, Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health

• Saad Houry, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF

 

WHEN:  September 21, 9:00-10:00a.m., Coffee and light breakfast from 8:30a.m.

 

WHERE:  Labouisse Hall, UNICEF, 3 U.N. Plaza, New York

 

For more information please contact: Christian Moen, cmoen@unicef.org, Tel.: 212-326-7516.

This event is open to media.

 

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NUTRITION

 

WHAT:  “1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future - Partnering to reduce Child Undernutrition". Undernutrition is one of the world’s most serious but least addressed problems.  Leaders from governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector will take part in this event to highlight action to reduce child undernutrition, focusing on programs targeted at the 1,000 day window of opportunity (the period beginning with a woman’s pregnancy and continuing until a child is 2 years old). Evidence shows that a child who is well nourished for this critical period will have a healthier and more prosperous future.

 

WHO:  This event will feature the following lead speakers:

 

• Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States

• Micheal Martin T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland

• Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, UN

• Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, WFP

• Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF

 

WHEN: September 21, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

 

WHERE: Intercontinental Barclay Hotel, 111 East 48th Street, New York.

 

For more information please contact: Patrick McCormick, pmccormick@unicef.org, Tel.: 212 326 7426.

This event is open to selected media only.

 

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MATERNAL HEALTH

 

WHAT:  H4+ Maternal Health panel discussion. Improving maternal health and reducing newborn deaths involves strengthening health systems, scaling up programs to reach remote rural areas and marginalized populations, and ensuring that appropriate resources are committed to what some consider a ‘woman’s issue.’ This task requires considerable effort and expertise, which is why WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF and the World Bank – nicknamed the H4 – work closely together to accelerate progress toward MDG 4 and 5.

 

WHO: Organized by UNFPA, the event will be opened by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director.

 

WHEN: September 21, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

 

WHERE: Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, 3 United Nations Plaza, New York.

 

For more information please contact: Christian Moen, cmoen@unicef.org, Tel.: 212-326-7516.

 

This event is open to media.

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

 

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WATER AND SANITATION

 

WHAT:  Addressing the Global Water and Sanitation Challenge: The Key to the MDGs. In spite of its critical link to achieving all of the MDGs, funding for water and sanitation programming receives lowest priority of all of the social sectors. This sector needs to be prioritized to reach the MDG targets on water and sanitation as well as to reduce poverty, improve child and maternal health, and improve school attendance and gender equality.

 

WHO:  Sponsored by Japan, the Republic of Korea, Liberia, Senegal, Tajikistan, and the United States, this event will feature 15 lead speakers, including Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General and Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director.

 

WHEN:  September 22, 7:30-9:00 a.m.

 

WHERE: Delegate’s Dining Room, United Nations, 1st Ave & E 44th St, New York.

 

For more information please contact:  Kate Donovan, kdonovan@unicef.org, Tel.: 212- 326-7452.

The event is open to selected media only.

 

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EDUCATION

 

WHAT: UNICEF is co-hosting a high-level round table luncheon entitled “The Central Role of Education in the Millennium Development Goals.”  Participants will discuss the importance of achieving Education for All (EFA) as a fundamental right and as a means for accelerating progress across all the MDGs, as well as the importance of placing education higher on the global agenda. Governments will be urged to increase the priority given to education with greater attention to equity, and donors will be encouraged to expand and improve the effectiveness of their aid programs.

 

WHO: The event is presented in partnership with Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, Save the Children and UNESCO. Round table speakers include:

 

• Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development

• Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

• Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive, Save the Children

• Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF

• Moderator: Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

 

WHERE: Delegates Dining Room, United Nations, 1st Ave & E 44th St, New York.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, 22 September 2010, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

 

For more information please contact: Shimali Senanayake, ssenanayake@unicef.org, Tel.: 917 265 4516.

This event is open to selected media only.

 

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CHILDREN AND THE MDGs - REACHING THE MOST VULNERABLE

WHAT: UNICEF is hosting a panel discussion on the importance of achieving the MDGs with equity. Panelists will discuss strategies for an equity-based approach to the MDGs, following on from the recent launch of a new UNICEF special report, Narrowing the Gaps to Meet the Goals, and the latest edition of UNICEF flagship publication Progress for Children, titled Achieving the MDGs with Equity.

 

WHO: The event will feature the following panelists:

 

• Dr. Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia

• Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh

• Ms. Márcia Lopes, Minister of Social Development of Brazil

• Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation

• Ms. Mia Farrow, UNICEF Godwill Ambassador

• Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director

• Moderator: Jim Clancy, CNN

 

WHEN: Wednesday, 22 September 2010, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

 

WHERE: Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, 3 United Nations Plaza, New York.

 

For more information please contact: Janine Kandel, jkandel@unicef.org, Tel.: 212 326 7684.

This event is open to media.

 

 
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