This year marks the halfway point on the schedule set for the completion of the Millennium Development Goals. The UN Secretary-General and the President of the UN General Assembly have called a high level meeting in New York on September 25 to discuss the status of the MDGs and the potential for the future.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the following of this meeting in April:
"The year 2008 should mark a turning point in progress towards the MDGs. ...Together with the President of the General Assembly, I am convening a special High-level Event on the MDGs on 25 September in New York. This gathering will bring together world leaders, representatives of the private sector and our civil society partners to discuss specific ways to energize our efforts. I expect the meeting will also send a strong message that governments are ready to rise to the financing for development challenge. I look forward to working with Member States to make the September event an unqualified success. Together, we must make this year one of unprecedented progress for the poorest of the poor, so that we can realize a better, more prosperous future for all."
This is an important meeting when world leaders will talk about their commitments to the MDGs. Lets hope that their resolve is strong and that the will of the people compels them to redouble their efforts to accomplish these incredibly worthwhile goals. Learn more here.