Tuesday, 31 August 2010

NGO/DPI Executive Committee Consultation
8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

Roundtable II
Equity, Rights and Progress towards the MDGs
9:30 AM – 11:00 A.M.

As momentum builds towards accelerating progress to meet the goals of the MDGs there is a danger of
creating greater inequity. Practice has shown it is easier to improve the health of those who are already
better off than it is to address the needs of the poorest and those who have no access to health care.
Discussion in this roundtable will respond to many questions including:
  • Ways in which NGOs can advocate for more attention to be paid to the health needs of the poorest and
      least well served. h
  • The use of equity sensitive indicators to measure progress towards achieving the MDG’s h
  • What should be done to raise awareness of the significance of MDG 8 (which calls for the establishment of
      global partnerships for development) and its importance for achieving all of the MDGs? Moreover, how do
      we address the responsibility of developed countries to work towards greater global equity? h
  • What actions are needed to re-invigorate the dialogue on the synergy between human rights and public
  • How can NGOs ensure that the focus on mortality targets does not divert attention from conditions that
      affect quality of life such as access to basic necessities such as food and shelter, security of the person,
      disability and mental health problems?
  • In what ways can we continue to accurately document progress in attaining gender equality?

       Dea Delaney-Thiele, moderator (Australia)
       Jane Freemantle (Australia)
       Thelma Narayan (India)
       Dr. Claudio Schuftan (Chile)


    Morning Tea: 11:00 – 11:30 A.M.

    Various Rooms in MCEC
    11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
    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 III
    Strengthening an Integrated and Systems Approach to Achieving the Health MDGs
    4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

    While all the MDGs contribute to health, MDG 4 (reduce child mortality), MDG 5 (improve maternal
    health) and MDG 6 (combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases) each has specific health targets.
    This raises a number of questions which this Roundtable hopes to address such as:
  • How can collective efforts of NGOs, civil society, the medical community, the private sector and
      governments be maximized, and systems strengthened rather than undermined, as we work towards
      achieving the MDGs in integrated ways? h
  • In what ways can we ensure that in attending to closely related causes of specific health problems
      underlying social determinants of poor health, especially gender equity and poverty are also addressed/not
      neglected? h
  • How can the physical, financial, cultural, linguistic and other barriers to achieving the MDGs be addressed?

       Tim Costello, moderator (Australia)
       Nomfundo Eland (Republic of South Africa)
       Shichuo Li (People’s Republic of China)
       Samina Naz (Pakistan)
       Kenneth Ndubuisi Okoh (Nigeria)