Social Watch representatives to debate with governments at MDGs roundtables

Members of civil society organizations that are part of the Social Watch Network were invited to participate at six thematic roundtables that were part of the UN "MDG Summit" that took place 20-22 September 2010 in New York.

The UN High Level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) gathered Presidents and Prime Ministers around the world to review efforts to combat poverty during the past decade and discuss the next steps to follow at a time of an unprecedented combination of global crises (climate change, food, energy, financial and economic).

Each of the six round-table meetings had four representatives of civil society and non-governmental organizations approved by the President of the General Assembly, in consultation with civil society representatives themselves. 

See a small list of civil society participants at the interactive roundtables: 

Roundtable 1:  Addressing the challenge of poverty, hunger and gender equality
Ms. Maria Victoria Raquiza, Board Member, La Liga Policy Institute, the Philippines 
Mr. Ziad Abdel Samad, Director, Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), Lebanon 

Roundtable 3: Promoting sustainable development
Ms. Chee Yoke Ling, Director, Third World Network, Malaysia
Read the statement by Third World Network

Roundtable 4: Addressing emerging issues and evolving approaches
Mr. Rudy DeMeyer,Board Member, Eurostep, Belgium 
Read the statement by Eurostep

Roundtable 6: Widening and strengthening partnerships
Mr. Roberto Bissio, Coordinator, Social Watch , Uruguay
Ms Sylvia Borren, Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) 
Read the statement by GCAP 

See the complete list of representatives of civil society at the roundtables (Source: NGLS)