What was the conference about?
The 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.
Why was the 2010 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.