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The 68th General assembly of the United Nations.

Not only governments are fully committed to meeting the Millennium Development Goals — the private sector also wants to step up to the challenge.

World leaders on Wednesday agreed on how to kick off the debate on the post-2015 framework through a common set of goals for both rich and poor nations. The outcome document that will set the agenda for the next two years envisions a multi-stakeholder approach that includes the private sector and philanthropy to boost total investment in achieving the MDGs to $2.5 billion.

The document adopted at a special event during the 67th session of the U.N. General Assembly calls for “a strengthened global partnership” that will draw from all resource pools, public and private, and specifically calls on firms “to engage in responsible business practices” for sustainable development.

Private sector development has long been considered a key …

UN General Assembly and People’s General Assembly

UN General Assembly VS  People’s  General Assembly

September 18, 2013—At the moment when world leaders gather in New York to review development agendas and plan for the coming decades, a group of grassroots and feminist organizations, networks and social movements from different backgrounds and contexts will share their visions and proposals for a just world, where all are able to live with freedom from fear and want. The People’s General Assembly on Development Justice (People’s GA) will be the venue for people from the global south and the global north to challenge governments to address the needs of the world’s 99%, the ones who earn the least, yet bear the costs of excessive consumption and greed.

The People’s General Assembly will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11am at Thomas Paine Park (Foley Square), 111 Worth Street, in New York, NY, USA.

The human and …