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Oct 29th, 2006, 07:24 PM
Youth leaders gather at UN Summit to advance MDGs

Youth leaders gather at UN Summit to advance MDGs

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 28 (KUNA) -- Young community leaders from the UN member states are scheduled to meet on Sunday in an unprecedented three-day Summit to commit themselves to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

Kuwaiti Ambassador Abdullah Al Murad, Acting President of the UN General Assembly's 61st session, in the absence of Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa for the next few days, will be attending as a guest of honour. The UN member states are being represented at the UN "Global Youth Leadership Summit", October 29-31, by two delegates -- a young woman and a young man ages 18 to 30 -- making this a "ground-breaking occasion" for youth from many countries to participate in a global UN event.

The Summit seeks to strengthen the worldwide movement to engage young people in decision-making about the future of their communities, regions, and the emerging global society.

The youth delegates will create a "global network to promote initiatives to halve extreme poverty and achieve the other key health, education, and environmental objectives outlined in the MDGs, and they will become spokespersons for the goals in their own countries," the organizers said.

The Summit opens with a statement by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, Ministers of Youth and Sports from all over the world and high-level representatives from Austria, Bahrain, Brazil, Japan, and Morocco, countries which previously hosted regional youth Summits, will also take part in the event. Tennis star Serena Williams is also scheduled to highlight the power of sport to improve the lives of individuals and societies. :bounce:

The event provides many opportunities for young people from all over the world to interact with UN agency heads, such as the Head of the UN Development Programme Kemal Dervis, as well as representatives of the public and private sectors.

The regional and global Summits have been organized by the UN Office of Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), under the guidance of Adolf Ogi, special adviser to Annan and former President of Switzerland, to promote the power of sports to rally world youths to improve education, health and peace-building.

On the eve of the global Summit, the "Young Leaders Global Village" will be inaugurated. It will bring together youth delegates, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the public to discuss the role of youth in accelerating the successful achievement of the MDGs.

It will also link young people worldwide through web casts and other internet services supported by Sun Microsystems, including online forums and digital storytelling organized by Curriki - the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC).

"The delegates will focus on using their youthful energy and their technological skills to tackle major socio-economic challenges," said Djibril Diallo, UNOSDP Director. "They will employ the ideas, networks and initiatives from their summit brainstorming to help launch a new decade of bold cooperation." The Summit is supported by some of the most successful business leaders and philanthropists worldwide, including Mohanlal Mittal, steel industry leader and the founder of the Gita-Mohan Mittal Foundation, who will host a lunch for the participants on Sunday.

Late Sunday a concert 'Youth United against Malaria' will take place, featuring celebrated singer Youssou N'Dour of Senegal, as well as stars from other regions of the world. (end) sj.


Oct 29th, 2006, 08:50 PM
good for her :bounce: Making a difference!

Oct 29th, 2006, 09:30 PM
Great to see my girl getting involved!

Oct 29th, 2006, 09:34 PM
Great job Serena. Who better than to speak on that topic. Great to give back to the community.

Oct 29th, 2006, 11:51 PM
Was that summit today? And if so did anyone get a hold of any pictures?

Oct 29th, 2006, 11:58 PM

Oct 30th, 2006, 12:09 AM
I just love all of those off court activities.

Oct 30th, 2006, 01:26 AM
Go Serena, nice to she her moving into another realm.

Oct 30th, 2006, 01:53 AM
I just love all of those off court activities.

hell to the YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Rena! And some say all she does is party and walk the red carpet.:rolleyes: .. good to see she knows life is not all about a tennis court!:worship: :worship: :worship:

Oct 30th, 2006, 03:36 AM
that's how you know she's making a difference. :worship: