Scenesetter for the UN’s upcoming MDGs Summit

An audio transcript of a press conference in which our friends at the UN Foundation preview next week’s UN summit on the Millennium Development Goals.


On-the-Record Scenesetter for the UN’s upcoming Millennium Development Goals Summit

On-the-Record Press Teleconference with UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin, Vice President for Public Policy Peter Yeo and Senior Director of Partnerships for Energy and Climate Leslie Cordes

Priorities on Global Health, Women and Children’s Issues, Energy and Climate and U.S.-UN Relations to be Discussed

Washington, D.C. – The United Nations Foundation will host a press teleconference with UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin to help set the stage and provide background in advance of next week’s historic UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Summit taking place September 20-22, 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the MDGs, where President Barack Obama and other world leaders, will deliver a plan to advance progress in reaching these goals.

The MDGs are eight goals that all 192 United Nations member-states have agreed to help achieve. They offer a road map to end poverty and its root causes and tackle the biggest problems facing the world today – these include global poverty, women’s and children’s health, hunger, and education. According to the latest nationwide polling, the UN Foundation has found that 68% of Americans agree that these issues should be at the forefront of a global conversation. Americans, together, with the rest of the world’s citizens, say that these issues deserve more attention and focus. For more details, please visit

Who: Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation

Peter Yeo, Vice President, Public Policy and Public Affairs, UN Foundation; Executive Director, Better World Campaign

Leslie Cordes, Senior Director of Partnerships, Energy and Climate, UN Foundation

UN Foundation MDG Press Call by UN Dispatch