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Transparency International, the global anti-corruption organisation, will convene a panel to discuss why strong anti-corruption policies are necessary if the Millennium Development Goals are to succeed and why they must be included in any new global commitments to reduce poverty beyond 2015. The event will be co-hosted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the UN Development Programme.
The aim of the Millennium Development Goals, established in 2000 and set to expire in 2015, is to improve the lives of the world's poorest people. The eight goals included wide ranging commitments on education and health to gender equality and the environment, but not on anti-corruption. The panel will examine the role of anti-corruption and good governance in light of governments' promises to reduce poverty, and discussion will focus on why now is the time to make anti-corruption part of future global pledges on development.
Mr. Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Host, HuffPost Live Panellists:
HE Minister Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås, Minister of International Development, Norway HE Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Huguette Labelle, Chair, Transparency International Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Chair, Yunus Centre and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator, UNDP Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UNODC
When: Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 8:00 - 9:30am
Where: United Nations, North Lawn Building (Conference Room 7), New York
Transparency International is the civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption
Note to editors: Transparency International's working paper 2015 and Beyond: The Governance Solution for Development will be available on www.transparency.org on the day of the event.