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Journals - UN in Your World
UN in Your World Videoconference 
GEM (Global Education Motivators) offered their UN in Your World videoconference series once again this school year and CITVC participated in two of those conferences. Students from different countries are connected to the United Nations to discuss the work of the UN towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
April 6th session:  CITVC spoke with a UN Panel composed of three representatives from the United Nations: Marian Aggrey, DPI/Gender, Jim Sniffen, UNEP and Bill Yotive, DPI/Education. The topic was Perspectives on the Millennium Development Goals. The students enjoyed this discussion since the panel was very interested in the young peoples' opinions. There were school participating from around the country and Mexico and Canada as well!

May 4th session:  CITVC heard from David Gardner, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, Bureau for Development Policy/UNDP. His presentation was titled Assessing Progress of the MDGs - Predicting the Future. CITVC students felt the enormous responsibility of being a global citizen at this conference's end!

"Eradicating extreme poverty continues to be one of the main challenges of our time, and is a major concern of the international community. Ending this scourge will require the combined efforts of all, governments, civil society organizations and the private sector, in the context of a stronger and more effective global partnership for development. The Millennium Development Goals set timebound targets, by which progress in reducing income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter and exclusion — while promoting gender equality, health, education and environmental sustainability — can be measured. They also embody basic human rights — the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter and security. The Goals are ambitious but feasible and, together with the comprehensive United Nations development agenda, set the course for the world’s efforts to alleviate extreme poverty by 2015. "

-United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon

These sites helped in our preparation for this videoconference:
1) To learn the basics of the MDGs
2) UN's global teaching and learning project
3) We Can End Poverty 2015 MDGs
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