Lecture on Millennium Development, Goals to be held at USM

The Department for Development Cooperation (DEVCO) in the Netherlands Antilles in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme and the University of St. Martin (USM) will be hosting a public lecture on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. 

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The lecture will be held at the University of St. Martin Lecture Hall from 6pm to 8:30PM and is free of charge.

"We are very honored to be partnering with DEVCO and the UN Development Programme to provide necessary information to the public of St. Maarten on these very important development goals especially going into Country status," said USM President Josianne Fleming Artsen.

At the United Nations Summit in 2000, a declaration was made. 189 countries including the Kingdom of the Netherlands agreed on 8 goals, 18 targets and over 40 indicators that makes up the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The eight MDGs goals are: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, Achieve universal primary educationHYPERLINK "http://www.undp.org/mdg/goal3.shtml", Promote gender equality and empower womenHYPERLINK "http://www.undp.org/mdg/goal4.shtml", Reduce child mortality, Improve maternal health, Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, Ensure environmental sustainability and Develop a global partnership for development.

Members of the civil service, government, and the private sector are invited to this very informative session.

The key note speaker will be Mr. Stefano Pettinato, MDG Policy Advisor, Regional Bureau for Latin America and Caribbean with key presentations from Mr. Edo Stork, Deputy Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles.

Persons or entities interested in attending this lecture are also urged to confirm their attendance with Ms. Margie Maurica by the close of business on June 3, 2010. They can do so by emailing her at Margie.48@hotmail.com. The USM lecture hall has a seating capacity for about 200 people and attendants are urged to be on time.