Monday, August 30, 2010

UN Conference to Focus on Global Health and MDGs

Melbourne, Australia is set to host the 63rd United Nations Department of Public Information Conference, an annual occasion held to encourage the participation of civil society. This year's event will focus on global health while also rallying support for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Some of the goals relating to the conference include reducing childhood and maternal mortality, obtaining universal access to reproductive health, and stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The three-day event will consist of dozens of workshops on various global health related issues, all of which will seek to promote dialogue between the many NGOs in attendance. Additionally, speakers such as General Assembly President Ali Treki, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, Michel Sidibé, and the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Kiyo Akasaka, are scheduled to present.

-Devynn Patterson