International: Millennium Development Goals - civil society consultation

22 April 2010

The UN General Assembly High Level Plenary Meeting in September 2010 is an opportunity to consider armed violence reduction and prevention in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Similarly, gender equality and empowerment of women - the third MDG – cannot be achieved without eliminating gun violence against women.

The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service, an inter-agency programme of the UN mandated to promote and develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society, is holding an online consultation to contribute to the process leading up to the Summit, particularly the outcome document.

The consultation is designed to build on the analysis and recommendations of the UN Secretary-General report for the Summit, ‘Keeping the Promise’ (, around four themes:

1. Why are we so far behind in key areas?
2. Emerging issues and challenges
3. Proposals to accelerate progress
4. An action- and accountability-oriented agenda for all stakeholders

If your organisation or network is interested to participate in this consultation, please go to:

The deadline for contributions is 7 May 2010.

The various inputs and policy recommendations received through the consultation will be analysed and summarised into a compilation report which will serve as an informal input into:

  • The "Informal Interactive Hearings of the General Assembly with Non-governmental organizations, Civil society organizations and the Private sector" on 14-15 June 2010 in New York;
  • The inter-governmental process of negotiations on the outcome document (successes, obstacles and gaps, challenges and opportunities, lessons learnt and suggested actions for 2010-2015); and:
  • The MDG Summit itself on 20-22 September, also in New York.