The International Peace Institute (IPI), in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), organised the breakfast policy forum on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in crisis contexts.
See photos from the event.
A high-level panel including His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Norway, addressed the challenges faced and lessons learned from recent crises including those in Pakistan and Haiti. His Royal Highness The Crown Prince, in his role as a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, discussed measures that the international community can undertake to facilitate MDG achievement in countries that face persistent humanitarian challenges.
HRH Crown Prince Haakon was joined by distinguished experts in this area. Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, discussed the importance of moving beyond humanitarian responses and addressing underlying and longer term developmental challenges in order to help countries recover from crises and build resilience. Mr. Greg Mortenson, the best-selling author of Three Cups of Tea and an expert on improving education in rural Asia, provided insights on the provision of universal primary education in crisis contexts. The respected international journalist Ms. Christiane Amanpour moderated the conversation.
The eight MDGs, launched by world leaders in 2000 and targeted for achievement by 2015, established a framework for the members of the international community to work together to create a better future for billions of people. They seek the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger; empowerment of women; increased access to the essential services of education, healthcare, clean water, and sanitation; reduction of the incidence of specified deadly diseases; protection of the environment; and the forging of strong global partnerships for development.