- I look forward to start the work on mobilizing global action in achieving the MDGs. These goals lead the world’s efforts to eradicate poverty in one common direction. They unite us in a joint effort. We have seen good results, but still there is much which remains and which we need to take action on. There are two years left to achieve the goals and we need to put down an extra effort now to succeed, says Prime Minister Solberg.
Solberg has accepted the invite from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be co-host of the MDG Advocacy Group. The group includes Heads of State and Government, business and political leaders, prominent academics and philanthropists. They are committed to support the Secretary-General in building political will, rallying additional support, and spurring collective action to achieve the MDGs by 2015. With their expertise and their networks, the members will contribute in programs and projects that aim to reach the goals by the 2015 target date. The group has worked in fields such as education, food security, health, environment, and the empowerment of women, they are also building political will and mobilizing global action for the benefit of the poor and most vulnerable.
The second co-chair of the group is the President of Rwanda, Raul Kagame. Other members are Sheika Moza bint Nasser (Qatar), Akin Adesina (Nigeria), Mukesh D. Ambani (India), Stine Bosse (Denmark), Ray Chambers (UN Special Envoy for Malaria), Dho Young-shim (Republic of Korea), Philippe Douste-Blazy (UN Special Advisor on innovative financing for development), Julio Frenk (Mexico), Bob Geldof (Great Britain), Graca Machel (Mosambik/Sør-Africa), Jeffrey Sachs (USA), Marina Silva (Brazil), Ted Turner (USA), Wang Yingfan (China), Hiromasa Younekura (Japan) og Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh).