Professional Athletes Team with UN Agencies And MMG Awards Committee to Fight Global Poverty

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UN Ambassadors, UN Agency Leadership, and professional athletes will gather to announce the launch of renewed activities in support of the Millennium Development Goals as the MDGs enter their tenth year. Under the leadership of the MDG Awards Committee, professional athletes and entertainers will be using their celebrity status in You Tube style video spots and on the ground action to help reduce global poverty

"We are gathering key athletes from around the world to participate in this important call to action to end global poverty."

WHAT:     UN Ambassadors, UN Agency Leadership, and professional athletes will gather to announce the launch of renewed activities in support of the Millennium Development Goals as the MDGs enter their tenth year. Under the leadership of the MDG Awards Committee, professional athletes and entertainers will be using their celebrity status in You Tube style video spots and on the ground action to help reduce global poverty

The Athletes Committee is chaired by former Minnesota Viking Jack Brewer, now President of the Jack Brewer Foundation. Invited athletes that are participating in the event include Grand Slam winner Steffi Graff, New York Giants Brandon Jacobs, NY Jets David Clowney, Dallas Cowboys Marion Barber, Denver Bronco’s Nate Jones and others. “We have commitments from important players in all leagues” states Jack Brewer.

The MDG Awards Committee Goodwill Ambassador is Oscar© winner Scarlett Johansenn.

WHO:     
-- Amir Dorsal, Executive Director of UN Office for Partnerships
--Salil Shetty, Director of Millennium Campaign
-- Ambassador Francis Lorenzo
-- Grand Slam Winner Steffi Graff
-- New York Giants Brandon Jacobs
-- NY Jets David Clowney
-- Dallas Cowboys Marion Barber
-- Denver Bronco’s Nate Jones
-- UN Luminaries, Ambassadors and Special Guest Appearances

WHEN:     Tuesday 22 June -- 11:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

WHERE:     Waldorf Astoria (Hilton Room)

WHY:     The 64th General Assembly has called for a High Level Review Summit to analyze the porgres of the Millennium Development Goals. This call to action campaign will lead up to and continue after the MDG Awards ceremonies September 19th on the eve of the High Level Review Summit chaired by Senegal’s President Wade and Denmark’s Prime Minister Rasmussen.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the most broadly supported, comprehensive and specific development goals the world has ever agreed upon. These eight time-bound goals provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions. They include goals and targets on income poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality, environmental degradation and the Global Partnership for Development.

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