Monday, 30 August 2010

10:00 AM
Indigenous Welcome to Australia
United Nations Welcome
Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information
Host Country Welcome
Australian Government
Opening Remarks
Ban Ki-moon (via video message)
Secretary General, United Nations
Navanethem Pillay (via videotape)
High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations
Keynote Speakers
Michel Sidibé
Executive Director, UN AIDS
Barbara Flick Nicol
NGO Welcome
Mary Norton
Chair, 63rd Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference
Networking Lunch at the Exhibits Area
1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Various Rooms in MCEC
2:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Afternoon Tea: 4:00 – 4:30 P.M.

Roundtable I
The Role of the NGOs and Civil Society in Helping Achieve the MDGs
4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

The commitment to achieve the MDGs by 2015 is the responsibility of member states towards their
citizens. On the other hand, international, national and local NGOs and civil society have important roles
to play.
This Roundtable will explore such issues as:
  • The role of NGOs and civil society actors in achieving the MDGs h
  • The most effective ways in which NGOs can articulate their positions with governments to influence policy
      and address the need for services to improve health and well being h
  • Ways in which different segments of civil society can work in partnership to achieve the MDGs h
  • How can programs be designed so that progress can be objectively tracked and evaluated over time?

       Ruth Bamela Engo-Tjega, moderator (Cameroon)
       Sue Ndwala (Australia)
       Sakena Yacoobi (Afghanistan)
       Dr. Aleida Guevara (Cuba)