June 2-3, 2011: Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie and Mr. Basir Hamdard, Political Attaché, attended the Millenum Development Goals (MDGs) Follow-up Meeting in Tokyo. The session was organized by the United Nations Development Programme and hosted by H.E. Prime Minister Naoto Kan and H.E. Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto. Over 300 participated from more than 100 countries and 20 international organizations.
The meeting brought together stakeholders from a number of different sectors in order to discuss ways to “close the MDGs Implementation Gap with Equity, Focus on the Vulnerable and the Perspective of Human Security; Strengthening Coordination among a Broad Range of Stakeholders; and Accelerating Results to Achieve the MDGs by 2015 and Envisioning ‘Beyond 2015’.” A number of key individuals spoke on the various MDGs in these areas of context. In the end, an outcome document was produced.
(photo: Ambassador Fatimie speaks with Mr. Michael Yates, Mission Director for the U.S. Agency For International Development (Usaid) Thailand-based Regional Development Mission. The Ambassador and Mr. Yates worked together on a number of health sector projects in Afghanistan previously.)
In addition to those pictured above, Ambassador Fatimie was able to meet with a number of other key attendees, including Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Acting Deputy Executive Secretary and Director of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific's Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division; Professor Michael Kazatchkine, Executive Director of The Global Fund; and Principal Julian Schweitzer of the Results for Development Institute.
Further information about the MDGs can be found on the organization's Web sites. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/ http://content.undp.org/go/newsroom/?categoryID=349423&lang=en