MMS & the UN news- June

Geneva: Elizabeth Vadakekara and Celine attended the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva from May 19- 22. It was the first time for Celine to attend a UN meeting in Geneva, while Elizabeth is an Ngo health committee  member who attends regularly since the last few years.       “This has been an intense Health Assembly, with a record-breaking number of agenda items, documents and resolutions, and nearly 3,500 delegates”  “This is a reflection of the growing number of complexity of health issues, and your deep interest in addressing them” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO’s Director-General.  Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation was one of the key note speakers. She spoke passionately about the health of women and children. Following are some of the highlights of the resolutions (total 20) passed in this Assembly:

Access to essential medicines: WHO’s strategy to help countries improve access to …

OWG and the Sustainable Development Goals- update

The Focus of the Open working Group (OWG) is to formulate a set of  Universal goals with targets and indicators for the coming 15 years since the MDGs will meet its target date 2015.

During the closing of the 11th session of OWG, the co-chairs of the OWG had sent to all Permanent Missions, the draft chapeau of the proposed sustainable development goals and targets for their consideration. It can be found at the Open Working Group’s website:

The co-chairs also shared the “zero draft” of goals and targets, in preparation for the 12th session .

 The co chairs Zero draft can be found in :

Under the first 16 SDGs, there are 166 …

UN Conference

Dear friends

We are pleased to announce that the Registration for the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference, which will take place in New York from 27 to 29 August of this year, is now open.

Registration will close on 13 August 2014.

Please register as soon as possible, especially if you are travelling from abroad and need a VISA.

We look forward to seeing you in New York.


NGO Relations Team
Department of Public Information
United Nations Headquarters in New York


Those interested please contact Celine Paramunda for registration latest by August 10th.