MDG Summit

World leaders have gathered in New York for a three-day UN millennium development goals summit to review ambitious anti-poverty targets adopted in 2000. If you don’t know anything about the MDGs, check out this article. You can keep up to date either by following the live feed or by following the blogs by the Guardian or Oxfam.

Several strong themes appear to emerging from the summit already, including the importance of empowering women and children, and a surprising amount of support for the Robin Hood Tax.

My favorite bit so far has got to be the speech from the prime minister of Bhutan, Jigme Thinley. He told delegates:

“Since happiness is the ultimate desire of every citizen it must be the purpose of development to create enabling conditions for happiness. As it is likely that the relevance of eight MDGs will remain beyond 2015, my delegation would like to propose that we include happiness as the ninth MDG.”

See his full speech here.


~ by humblemonkey on September 21, 2010.

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