Informal interactive hearings of the General Assembly withrepresentatives of non-governmental organizations, civil societyorganizations and the private sector
ADVANCE UNEDITED SUMMARY12 July 2010INTRODUCTION
1. The General Assembly held informal interactive hearings withrepresentatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society and theprivate sector on 14 and 15 June 2010 in New York, in accordance withGeneral Assembly resolution 64/184 of 21 December 2009. The Hearingswere organized by the President of the 64
session of the GeneralAssembly as an input to the preparatory process of the General AssemblyHigh-level Plenary Meeting (HLPM) on the Millennium DevelopmentGoals (MDGs) to be held from 20 to 22 September 2010 in New York.2. The themes for the Hearings were based on the report of the Secretary-General of 12 February 2010, “Keeping the promise: a forward-lookingreview to promote an agreed action agenda to achieve the MillenniumDevelopment Goals by 2015” (A/64/665).
Four interactive sessionswere held under the themes of: “Building a better tomorrow: localactions, national strategies and global structures;” “Equal and inclusivepartnerships: Accountability in the fight against poverty;” “Sustainingdevelopment and withstanding crises;” “From voice to policy: 1660 daysleft.”3. 46 speakers and 519 observers, representing 335 non-governmental, civilsociety and private sector organizations, participated in the meeting,together with Member States and observers. Well over half of theparticipants were women.4. This summary of the Hearings provides Member States with a resourcein their consultations on the Outcome Document to be adopted at theHLPM. The summary offers some guiding principles and proposals bycivil society and the private sector for the way forward to 2015,including through participatory accountability frameworks. It thensummarizes a range of specific proposals under Goals 1 to 8, as part of aglobal “MDG Breakthrough Plan”, as called for by many civil societyorganisations.
A global on-line consultation based on the Secretary-General's comprehensive report, to which over 160international, national and local civil society organizations c ontributed, is available on: <www.un-ngls.org/mdgconsultation>. Written statements from the Hearings are available on: <http://www.un -ngls.org/mdg2010>