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MDG Advocates Join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Global Leaders at Davos to Discuss Urgent Need to Empower Adolescent Girls

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*MEDIA ADVISORY*

Please RSVP to Anand Kantaria, anand.kantaria@undp.org, +447908 230 165

THURSDAY: MDG Advocates Join UN Secretary-General

Ban Ki-moon and Global Leaders at Davos to Discuss

Urgent Need to Empower Adolescent Girls

At the World Economic Forum, leaders including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, Dho Young-shim, Philippe Dousty-Blassy and Jeffrey Sachs join Tina Brown, Kathy Calvin and global girl champions in intergenerational dialogue to highlight the rights of girls in final 707 days of Millennium Development Goals

Davos, Switzerland Ė On Thursday, January 23, 2014, the UN Secretary-General will host an event at the World Economic Forum with leaders from the United Nations, business, government, and civil society to highlight the need to invest in the rights, health, and well-being of adolescent girls to accelerate progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Members of the Secretary-Generalís MDG Advocacy Group will engage in a dialogue with adolescent girl champions Hannah Godefa, UNICEF National Ambassador for Ethiopia, and Sumaya Saluja, Youth Advocacy Group, Global Education First Initiative Youth to discuss how empowering adolescent girls benefits families, communities, and countries and call for making girls a priority in the global agenda. The event will also feature remarks by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, Unilever CEO Paul Polman and Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg, among others.

Details of the event are:

What:

Investing in Girl Empowerment for MDG Acceleration

Who:††

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General†

Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda

Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation

Tina Brown, Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media

Hannah Godefa, UNICEF National Ambassador for Ethiopia

Sumaya Saluja, Youth Advocacy Group, Global Education First Initiative Youth

Philippe Douste-Blazy, UN Special Advisor on Innovative Financing for Development

Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UN World Tourism Organizationís Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation (Republic of Korea)

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, UN Secretary-Generalís Special Adviser on the MDGs

Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO

Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education

Hans Vestberg, CEO, Ericsson

When:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

12:30pm Ė 2:30pm (local time)

Arrival time: Press must check-in between 12:00-12:30PM

Where:††

Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère, Salon Atlantis

Promenade 89

Davos Platz

To RSVP for the event, contact†Anand Kantaria, anand.kantaria@undp.org, +447908 230 165. RSVPs close end of day January 22, 2014.

Additional Media Contacts:


Gabo Arora, United Nations

+ 1.917.770.1097

arora2@un.org

Jill Van den Brule, UNICEF

+ 1.917.224-8868
jvandenbrule@unicef.org

For more information visit: www.un.org/millenniumgoals/advocates/davos.shtml
The event will be recorded and streamed on
http://www.ghdnews.com/events 90 minutes after the close of the event.

Follow the conversation: #investingirls

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