Unite for MDGs: One’s Commitment & Commitment as One

On 10 February 2012, there will be a champions’ and partners’ solidarity night titled “UNITE for MDGs: Celebrating One’s Commitment & Commitment as One” for all of the stakeholders and partners to meet and discuss synergistic opportunities and prospects for partnerships in accelerating MDG achievement to be held at the UP Film Center on said date, from 6:00PM – 7:00PM. Following this one hour program is a FREE concert by MDG advocate-artists and key influencers, with youth groups as main participants. Guests include Cookie Chua, Brownman Revival, Itchyworms, Saab and Pia Magalona, Buganda drumbeaters, Bam Aquino, Iya Villania, Bloomfields, and many others.

Three years on to the joint implementation by the Government of the Philippines and the United Nations System of the four joint programmes under the MDG Achievement Fund, our ten UN agencies, 18 national government agencies, and more than 85 municipalities, provinces and cities are now ready to showcase the initial batch of tools, technologies, methodologies and sound practices generated from the implementation of these programmes. As both the Government and the UN share an MDG acceleration strategy of localization, inclusive development and social protection, the joint programmes on Climate Change Adaptation, Water Governance, Youth Employment and Migration, and Food Security and Nutrition for Children have taken the initiative of sharing these technologies and tools with other local government units (for the demand side), and with government agencies, donor partners, and the civil society (for the supply side), through a widespread dissemination of the compendium of these tools and orientation sessions and forums.

Led by the lead implementing agencies of the MDG-F joint programmes (NEDA, DOLE, and the National Nutrition Council), and with the support of the UN, the solidarity night is a key advocacy event for all as a “community of duty-bearers” gathered together to express and renew its commitment to the achievement of the MDGs. This important event will involve the participation of local chief executives and chapter presidents from the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, key government agencies, House representatives, donor partners and the civil society.

In line with this, we cordially inviting all JP YEM PARTNERS, ADVOCATES, YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS and FRIENDS to SHOW its support by attending in full force, and advocate that youth education and employment issues and concerns must be a priority in this country! Feel free to invite your friends too! For those who have their KA JAM shirts, please wear them. To confirm participation, please contact Cynthia P. Arce, Joint Programme Coordinator at cynthia.arce@undp.org (0917-8685416) or Ruth Georget at georget@ilo.org (0917-5436738).

The solidarity night is a turning point for the MDG-F and its partners, as this ushers in a new stage of “expansion work,” ensuring both the sustainability of the gains already made and the speeding up of all efforts to ensure the achievement of the MDGs by 2015.


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