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Workshop report: MDGs and the role of civil society

Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

9 September 2004

Intercontinental Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia

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Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) organised the sensitisation workshop on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the role of civil society, which was held on 9th September 2004 at Intercontinental Hotel Lusaka. The workshop was organised in partnership with the Ministry of Finance and National Planning (MoFNP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Mr. Reuben Lifuka facilitated the workshop and was documented and compiled by Angela Mwape Mulenga.

The objective of the workshop was to sensitise and broaden the knowledge and understanding among civil society on the MDGs and the role that civil society can play in attaining them.

The MDGs are the outcomes of various UN International Conferences, culminating in the Millennium Summit of September 2000. In the Millennium Declaration, the international community set itself a number time bound and measurable key development goals for combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women, all to be achieved by 2015. The eight Goals, together its targets and indicators, have been agreed upon by 190 countries and international organisations as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), placing the Millennium Development Goals at the heart of the development agenda.

To monitor and sensitise the public on progress towards achievement of the MDGs in Zambia, the UNDP in collaboration with Government has been focusing on raising awareness of the MDGs among government, civil society, parliamentarians, the private sector, academia and other development partners. It was in this regard that the Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR), as facilitator, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and National Planning and UNDP has organised the said workshop.

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