WYA Delegation Attends MDG Summit at the United Nations, New York

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: World Youth Alliance Delegation Attends Millennium Development Goals Summit at the United Nations

New York: September 22, 2010
World Youth Alliance participated in the High-level Millennium Development Goals Summit  at the United Nations from September 20 – 22nd, 2010, which was convened in conjunction with the opening of the 65th General Assembly. The delegation, which consisted of Rebecca Marchinda, WYA Director of Advocacy, and Felogene Anumo, a committee member from Kenya, attended portions of the plenary session and many side events throughout the three days of the Summit. 
The purpose of the MDG Summit is to review progress made during the ten years since the Millennium Declaration and recommit to achieving the MDGs in the remaining five years until 2015. Heads of state of the Member States of the United Nations gave speeches at the Summit, and WYA was given the opportunity to observe this process in the plenary sessions. WYA also had the opportunity to participate in many side events hosted by NGOs and Member States throughout the Summit, with topics as diverse as children’s health, corruption and transparency, malaria and environmental sustainability.
World Youth Alliance welcomes the MDG Summit and recommits itself to placing the human person at the center of all efforts to achieve the MDGs. It is only through respecting the dignity of the human person and fostering solidarity among individuals that we will be able to achieve the goals promulgated in 2000.
“What should move us to action is human dignity, not only the inalienable dignity of the oppressed, but also the dignity of each of us,” reflects Felogene Anumo, a member of the WYA delegation from Kenya. “As efforts are being made to develop social and economic development policies, let us not use human beings as means to an end but remember that it is for these very individuals that we are striving to achieve the MDGs.” 
WYA has made its own contribution to achieving the MDGs by kicking off its “World Youth Alliance for MDG 5” Campaign in March of 2010. For more information on our maternal health campaign and on WYA’s advocacy work, please contact Rebecca Marchinda at becky@wya.net or 212.585.0757.
The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people dedicated to promoting the dignity of the human person in policy and culture and to building solidarity between young people of developing and developed nations. With approximately one million members from more than 160 countries, the World Youth Alliance is one of the biggest coalitions of young people worldwide. 
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