UNDP and the United Nations General Assembly — 2013

23 Sep 2013

imageThe General Assembly. (Photo: UN Photo)

As world leaders convene in New York for the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to tackle major global issues such as poverty and hunger, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be involved in a series of key events on issues ranging from sustainable development to Rule of Law in an effort to promote the acceleration of progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

UNDP Events

22 September • Social Good Summit “#2030NOW”

The Social Good Summit is a three-day conference where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions. The event unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges.

23 September • What People Want: A Report from the Global Conversation on the Next Development Agenda

This side event informed UN delegates about the priorities people want in the future global development agenda, making the results of the consultations relevant for Member States involved in the Open Working Group discussions.

24 September • Tackling the Unfinished Business: Accelerating MDG progress

This event aimed to enhance momentum for accelerating progress toward the MDGS and showcase experiences and lessons learned that can lead to further collaboration. The panel was co-chaired by UNDP Administrator and the World Bank Group President. Speakers included Melinda Gates and Carl Lewis.

25 September • MDG Achievement Fund – Fulfilling the promise of the Millennium Declaration

The event showcased the results, successes and mechanisms of the MDG Achievement Fund, the largest-ever single contribution to the UN development system. Event speakers included UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group, UNESCO Director-General, the President of Senegal and the President of Spain.

25 September • The Role of Anti-Corruption and Governance: Looking to 2015 and Beyond

This moderated debate addressed how anti-corruption and governance are key solutions to meet the MDGs and must be included in any new global commitments beyond 2015. Speakers include UNDP's Associate Administrator, Norway’s Minister of International Development, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, the Chair of Transparency International and the Chair of the Yunus Centre.

26 September • High-level Session of the Global Dialogue on Rule of Law and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

There is a growing call for including rule of law targets in the next global development agenda. Event speakers included UNDP's Administrator, ministers from Denmark, Mexico, Senegal and Turkey, and justice experts from dozens of countries. Issues on the agenda included transparency and accountability, access to justice and an independent judiciary, legal empowerment of the poor, conflict resolution and violence reduction, and universal legal citizens’ identification.

26 September • Ensure Peaceful and Resilient Societies in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Targets for combatting conflict, violence and disaster need to have a place in the new development agenda. The session highlighted key developments and provided an opportunity for Member States and other stakeholders to discuss how these issues should broaden further dialogue leading up to the design of the Post-2015 development framework.

26 September • Football match – Unite to End Violence Against Women

The Presidents of Bolivia, Burundi and Paraguay and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will join top officials and ambassadors to the United Nations in a football match during the 68th session of the General Assembly. The teams will unite to End Violence Against Women, supporting the Secretary-General’s campaign and advocating for this crucial issue—globally and in Latin America and the Caribbean, which has some of the world’s highest rates of violence against women and female homicide. UNDP Assistant Administrator and UN Women Executive Director will kick off the match using SOCCKET—a ball that generates electricity when kicked—calling for innovative solutions to bring sustainable energy for all.

UN General Assembly 2013