MDG Conference 2013
Following the launch of the MDG Summit & Exhibition in Cape Town in May 2012, we are pleased to announce the follow up MDG countdown conference on the 29th of May 2013 in London, United Kingdom. As from November 2012 EMS Solutions took over the organising of all the scheduled future MDG events starting with the London Conference in May 2013.
This next meeting is best positioned to prelude the UN Summit in New York scheduled for September 2013 during the General Assembly.
UN Summit in New York is where the world leaders will again sit and evaluate how the last three years since the last meeting in 2010 have turned out, and also agree on a way forward to the target year and post 2015 agenda.
As in the launch summit in Cape Town, the role of business as one of the solutions to achieving these goals was clearly displayed through the various keynotes and presentations done by our sponsor organisations such as ABSA, Alcatel Lucent, Sumitomo, Vestergaard Frandsen, Agco, Ericsson, Roche and AECF. While some notable progress has been made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, success remains very uneven. Bridging the gaps that still exist within the remaining three years will require a concerted effort by all, including the private sector as the most critical driver of innovation, investment and job creation.
The May 2013 MDG Summit themed: Sustainable Business Solutions That Deliver Change is set to be a bigger platform for all the stake holders to share ideas and also learn of new technologies and processes that contribute to the attainment of the MDG Goals, we are confident that the next months of preparation will be focusing on creating just that. Below are some of the key sectors the next event will focus on;
Event Programme Snapshot
Morning Session: 29 May 2013
• Innovative Sustainable Business Solutions That Deliver Change
When the 2015 targets for the MDGs were set in 2000,the private sector’s contribution to meeting these targets was less well understood and embraced. Today, the role of the private sector as an engine of growth and development is widely recognised, as are the host of benefits that business can bring: creating jobs, building skills, developing technologies and innovations that improve the quality of people’s lives.
This session will kick start the conference by looking beyond the overall value of business, to the question of how to get even better results–for growth and for development–through innovative business models that are increasingly known as ‘Inclusive Business'.
• Defining the post 2015 development Agenda
The current development agenda is set centred on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have an overall target date of 2015. At the 2010 High-Level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly to review progress towards the MDGs, governments called not only for accelarating progress towards achieving the MDGs, but also for thinking on ways to advance the UN Development Agenda beyond 2015.
This session will focus on how the current goals and the agreed eleven global thematic topics namely, * Health, Education, Water, Food Security and Nutrition, Energy, Environmental Sustainabilty etc* can be best positioned in the post 2015 framework.
Afternoon Session: 29 May 2013