The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will dominate public discussion later this year when world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York for a historic summit to monitor progress on combating global poverty. In an effort to educate Washington, D.C.-based journalists and offer unprecedented access to policymakers in this arena, the United Nations Foundation and Better World Campaign announced today a special fellowship for journalists on the MDGs.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that all 192 United Nations member states have agreed to advance in a shared effort to end poverty and its root causes. The United Nations will host the 2010 MDG Review Summit in September to mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the MDGs. President Barack Obama, and other world leaders, will deliver their plan to advance progress to achieving the MDGs at this summit.
The United Nations Foundation and the Better World Campaign are offering a three-day fellowship for journalists from September 7-9, 2010 in New York City, in advance of the UN MDG Review Summit in mid-September. Fellows will be given direct access to officials from the UN and a behind-the-scenes look at agencies and organizations including the Millennium Campaign.
With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this fellowship is designed to foster participants’ understanding of the issues surrounding the MDGs, and will provide the exclusive opportunity for fellows to participate in on- and off-the-record issue briefings, luncheons and roundtables with issue experts and high-level officials. Briefings scheduled include: the Secretary General’s office, UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund, UN Aids, and UN Development Program, amongst others.
This fellowship is geared towards Washington, DC reporters who do not have regular access to key UN experts, but are interested in foreign policy, international development and the United Nations. Special consideration will be given to journalists whose portfolios include international relations issues. Fellowship applicants working outside of Washington, DC, will be considered as space becomes available.
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.
About the Better World Campaign
The Better World Campaign (BWC) works to foster a strong, effective relationship between the United States and the United Nations (UN) through outreach, communications, and advocacy. We encourage U.S. leadership to work constructively through the United Nations and to strengthen the United Nations’ ability to carry out its invaluable operations around the world. And we engage policy makers, the media, and the American public to increase awareness of and support for the United Nations. For more information, visit www.betterworldcampaign.org.