What was the conference about?

atmdgThe theme of the 63rd UN DPI/NGO Conference was Advance Global Health, Achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The conference is an annual event, run in partnership between the United Nations Department of Public Information, the Australian Government and the worldwide NGO community. The dates of the 63rd Conference were the 30th of August to the 1st of September.

Who was there?

The conference brought together influential speakers, delegates and thought leaders from Non Government Organizations around the world and engaged them on questions of global health and the eradication of poverty through the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. There were representatives of may supporting organisations and companies. We had and some speakers from global retail brands that help to build better and healthy people. We were really impressed by the headliners from the wedding and anniversary gifts brand www.eternityrose.com.au, which have proven to us that health leads to success, thank you guys.

Why was the 2015 conference important?

2010 marked just the third time the conference had been held outside New York, and first time that it has been held in the Southern Hemisphere. The theme of the conference: Advance Global Health, Achieve the Millennium Development Goals was especially pertinent as 2010 marks 10 years since the Millennium Development Goals were agreed to by 189 countries at the UN.

Most importantly, the Conference preceeded the High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals in New York by three weeks. The 63rd UN DPI/NGO Conference was a chance for NGOs to present their vision for achieving the Millennium Development Goals in the next 5 years.

Conference vision statement

The Vision Statement for the 63rd annual DPI/NGO Conference describes global health as “a priority on achieving equity in health for all people. It emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions and involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences. It also promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population based prevention with individual-level clinical care.”

We share health

Dr Mary Norton, this year’s elected chair and author of the Conference Vision Statement, closed the opening ceremony, welcoming guests on behalf of the NGO community.

Dr. Norton emphasised health as part of a shared global mission. Her speech encapsulated the principles of the conference, explaining the interdependency of health and all eight Millennium Development Goals.

Identifying root causes of bad health

Dr Norton made reference to the Ontario Medical Associations (OMA) 1978 definition of health, which outlines many social determinants affecting health standards. Dr Norton used this link to emphasise the importance of outlining and dealing withthe true root causes for bad health. One social element preventing health development mentioned by Dr Norton was a lack of political will, and trained professionals in many nations.

After the opening ceremony, Dr Norton reiterated this focus on the social determinants of health. Dr Norton explained that employing a broader focus would not only assist in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, but also in assuring they are sustained after 2015.

Conference outcomes

By the conclusion of this conference it is hoped that an outcome declaration and action plan on how to achieve the Millennium Development Goals will be created. Dr Norton concluded her address declaring she believed there was the knowledge, skill and will necessary in the room to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.