Thursday, September 25, 2008

More on the MDGs

Members and friends of the Episcopal Church marched in a "walk of prayerful witness" on September 25 in New York to UN headquarters in support of the Millennium Development Goals. From left, Debi Frock of the Diocese of Maryland, Bishop Nelson Onono-Onweng of the Diocese of Northern Uganda, Bishop Nedi Rivera of the Diocese of Olympia, Alex Baumgarten of the Episcopal Church's Office of Public Policy.

The Ven. Michael Kendall marched on September 25 in the Episcopal Church's "walk of prayerful witness" in support of the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

[Episcopal News Service] Parts of New York City September 25 were more awash than usual with diplomats, business leaders, royalty, advocates young and old, Episcopalians and Anglicans as the United Nations convened a day-long "high-level event" aimed at gaining a recommitment from the world's leaders to the Millennium Development Goals.

Meanwhile, in fulfillment of the recent Lambeth Conference's call, the Episcopal Church designated September 25 as a day of prayer, fasting and witness.

Halfway between the birth of the MDGs in 2000 and their target for achievement in 2015, the General Assembly session, with its surrounding activities, was meant to "inject new energy into the global partnership for development," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea told the assembly. "We are the first generation to possess the resources, knowledge and skills to eliminate poverty. Experience shows that where there is strong political resolve, we see progress."

Ban asked the assembly to agree to his proposal for what he called "a formal summit" in 2010 to take stock again of MDG achievements and announce a plan for the last five years before the target date.

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