NYU Law School, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 9 AM-1 PM

WHAT: In 2000, 189 nations pledged to meet eight development goals, including benchmarks related to poverty reduction, universal primary education, gender equality, reductions in child and maternal mortality, combating disease and ensuring environmentally sustainable development. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) seek to meet key targets by 2015. All governments that committed to the MDGs have also chosen to ratify at least one international human rights treaty.

While international human rights standards are compatible with, and indeed complement, the MDGs, the connections between the two sets of principles have not been fully considered or developed, missing opportunities to reinforce each other. The goal of the round table discussion is to explore these connections and the ways that human rights standards and MDGs can reinforce mutual realization. The aim of today’s conversation is to have an open and critical discussion and to feed the results into the work of the Millennium Project, which is a research advisory body commissioned by the Secretary-General to propose operational strategies for meeting the MDGs (for more information, please visit

Participants include: Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the MDGs, and Director of the Millennium Project, and Mary Robinson, head of the Ethical Globalization Initiative and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Additional speakers from the UN, academic and non-governmental communities will join the conversation.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 11, 2003, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

WHERE: NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South (For detailed program information, please contact Tish Armstrong at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at 212-992-8903, or Chandrika Bahadur at the Millennium Project at (212) 906-3682)

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