On-the-Record Scenesetter for the UN’s Upcoming Millennium Development Goals Summit

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On-the-Record Press Teleconference with UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin, Vice President for Public Policy Peter Yeo and Senior Director of Partnerships for Energy and Climate Leslie Cordes.

The United Nations Foundation will host a press teleconference with UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin to help set the stage and provide background in advance of next week’s historic UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Summit taking place September 20-22, 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the MDGs, where President Barack Obama and other world leaders, will deliver a plan to advance progress in reaching these goals.

The MDGs are eight goals that all 192 United Nations member-states have agreed to help achieve. They offer a road map to end poverty and its root causes and tackle the biggest problems facing the world today – these include global poverty, women’s and children’s health, hunger, and education. According to the latest nationwide polling, the UN Foundation has found that 68% of Americans agree that these issues should be at the forefront of a global conversation. Americans, together, with the rest of the world’s citizens, say that these issues deserve more attention and focus. For more details, please visit http://www.unfoundation.org/mdgs.

Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation
Peter Yeo, Vice President, Public Policy and Public Affairs, UN Foundation; Executive Director, Better World Campaign
Leslie Cordes, Senior Director of Partnerships, Energy and Climate, UN Foundation

When: 11:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, September 16, 2010

How: To join the media teleconference, please dial 1-800-311-9402/ 1-334-323-7224 Int'l. Passcode: MDG. Please RSVP to Amy DiElsi at adielsi(at)unfoundation(dot)org if you plan on joining the call.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.


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