UN Ambassadors Zina Andrianrivelo-Razafy and Francis Lorenzo, Prince Hassan of Jordan and UN Ambassador Danny Glover to Announce 2008 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Awards

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Actor Danny Glover to Present Award to H.E. Srjgan Kerim, 62nd President of the General Assembly, for His Support to Help Achieve MDGs

WHAT: A press conference and award recognition luncheon at the United Nations to announce the launch of the Millennium Development Awards and the global site for citizen interaction and humanitarian networking.

WHO:

  • H.E. Srjgan Kerim, 62nd President of the General Assembly, United Nations
  • H.E. Zina Andrianrivelo-Razafy, Madagascar Ambassador to the United Nations
  • H.E. Francis Lorenzo, Dominican Republic Ambassador to the United Nations
  • H.R.H. Prince Hassan, Amman, Jordan (via Satellite)
  • UN Goodwill Ambassador and Actor-Director Danny Glover
  • MTV Host Sol Guy

WHEN: September 12, 2008 - 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:
PRESS ROOM SS226
United Nations, 760 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
(please use Security Tent Entrance at 46th Street and 1st Avenue)

NOTE: Press interested in attending must call Luz Cardenas for credentials at (215) 520-8850 by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2008.

WHY:
The Millennium Development Goals Awards are planned for February 2009 and will feature international celebrities, entertainers and leaders. The February Awards event will launch a global opportunity for the public to become engaged in the Millennium Development Goals. Coupled with a global broadcast and a humanitarian networking site, the MDG Awards will provide the world community a forum to nominate their activities and projects for one of the MDG Awards for outstanding achievements by businesses, governments, and civil society.

About the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
End poverty by 2015. This is the historic promise 189 world leaders made at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 when they signed onto the Millennium Declaration and agreed to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are an eight-point road map with measurable targets and clear deadlines for improving the lives of the world's poorest people. World leaders have agreed to achieve the MDGs by 2015.

The Millennium Development Goals are a unique opportunity to finally end poverty. For the first time, commitments have been made at the highest political level to see these Goals achieved and end extreme poverty. The Goals are achievable; they have timelines and deadlines; they are locally defined and measurable. For the first time, there is an agreed global compact in which rich and poor countries recognize that they share the responsibility to end poverty and its root causes. The world has the money, resources and technology to achieve these Goals. But only if governments take urgent and concrete action now. To learn more about the Millennium Development Goals visit: http://www.un-mdgawards.org/

MDG Awards Committee Contact:
Cárdenas Grant Communications
Luz Cárdenas, (215) 520-8850; Luz @ cgcimpact.com

Danny Glover Contact:
Rogers and Cowan
Michelle Bega, (310) 854-8165; MBega @ rogersandcowan.com

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