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The Millennium Development Goals: A mission impossible?

Date
Time (GMT +01) 17:30 19:00
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Speakers:
Caroline Hurford
- Senior Public Affairs Officer, UN World Food Programme
David Stuckler - Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, Oxford University
Justin Byworth - Chief Executive, World Vision UK

Rebecca Holmes - Research Fellow, ODI

Chair:
Dr. David Hudson - Director of the MSc International Public Policy program, UCL Department of Political Science

Description

As we commence the five‐year countdown to 2015 and prepare for the United Nations Review Summit on the Millennium Development Goals this September, time is running out to achieve these critical development targets. It has been suggested that in the decade after the 2000 UN Millennium Declaration, little or no progress has been made towards achieving the majority of the goals. Can these ambitious commitments to reducing income poverty, hunger, and disease realistically be achieved in the next five years? How can one adequately measure progress on gender equality, health, education and environmental sustainability?

This forum on the MDGs will bring together a panel of four development specialists from a variety of sectors to discuss and debate these timely issues. The format will include short presentations by our panel, followed by an open dialogue among panel members with a fluid floor debate. The panel will be moderated by Dr. David Hudson, Director of the MSc International Public Policy program at the UCL Department of Political Science.

About IPPR
The International Public Policy Review is an interdisciplinary journal founded and run exclusively by graduate students at UCL’s School of Public Policy. The IPPR explores contemporary issues in international affairs, public policy and political science, covering a wide spectrum of disciplines within the emerging fields of international public policy and global governance. It is a forum for scholarly research, targeted at the forefront of emerging interest areas in the field. IPPR offers a platform for established academics and practitioners, as well as an opportunity for research students to make original contributions. The forthcoming issue is set to be an exciting one, including papers by Lord Hannay, Prof. Amitai Etzioni of George Washington University, Professor Andrew Hurrell of Oxford University and Paul Ormerod, best selling author and economist.